European synthesis on the experimentation of training modules combating hate speech and discriminations

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Nov 102016

The European project BRICkS– Building Respect on the Internet by Combating Hate Speech – aims to combat the spread of online hate speech against migrants and minorities through media literacy and active involvement of web users and web content producers. In this framework, four media education modules -one in each country involved in the project (Italy, Belgium, Germany and Czech Republic)- were designed to raise awareness about fighting online discriminations and hate speech. These training modules were implemented in schools and youth centers between September 2015 and November 2016.

This report provides a synthesis about the design and the experimentation process of these training modules in each national context. It has been elaborated thanks to the materials produced and also collected by each national team: modules description, logbooks from trainers or teachers, quantitative data, examples of students’ productions and finally, some pictures from the workshops.  Continue reading »

The Italian training module against hate speech is online!

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Sep 222016

After 200 hours workshops in 5 schools and 580 students involved, it is finally available online the training module realized in the framework of BRICkS Project.

Realized by Cospe and Centro Zaffiria, the module is addressed to teachers and educators with the objective of promoting the active role of young people in the prevention and fight against online racist and xenophobic speech.

The training module was created through three phases. Firstly, a participatory process made up of meetings with different stakeholders, such as social media managers and other web experts, teachers, educators and second-generation activists. Secondly, two days of seminar, on September 2015, with educators from Emilia Romagna and Toscana Region, with interventions of professors and experts on the subject, supported by activities and games of role. Lastly, the module was tested through workshops in five upper secondary schools in Tuscany and Emilia Romagna Region.

These workshops were instrumental for the creation of the training module, which is based on everyday life of students: their experiences, opinion, strategies, and emotions.

The methodologies adopted have the objective of connecting the problem to the concrete experience of the students, to stimulate their reasoning and their positive action. As a result, the module contains activities and resources to prevent and combat hate on the Internet, it collects concrete solutions and ideas to promote further studies and to engage students and teachers through games of role, videos, and debates.

The training module will be distributed to the schools and to the National and Local institutions of the Education sector, and a free download is available here.

The module is receiving a good attention from the media and some of the articles are reported below:




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Workshops for teachers in Italy

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Jun 062016

Two public events organized by BRICkS project took place in Italy in May. The objective is to disseminate the results of the workshops realized in secondary schools in Toscana and Emilia Romagna Region and to offer a training based on the module and multimedia toolkit against online hate speech. The workshops promoted by Cospe and Centro Zaffiria had involved more than 500 students for 200 hours.

 The training “Media Education and Hate Speech” was organized on the 24th Of May in Ravenna  in cooperation with the Municipality. The participants were teachers, cultural-linguistic mediators, and public officials for youth policies and migration. The experience in the classrooms was presented and ideas and suggestions about the possible solution against online hate speech and cyberbullying were discussed.

The second workshop was part of a conference organized in Florence on the 31th of May. The seminar was mainly addressed to teachers from various schools and it was the result of an important partnership among schools, associations and local authorities.  It was focused on the challenges for the future of education, with the aim of promoting a multilingual and international society, countering any form of stereotype and prejudice. One workshop was dedicated to experience of BRICkS and participants could discuss on online hate speech and related issues.

Other public presentations for teachers and educators will be organized after the summer break, stay tuned!