No Hate Speech Movement

New-Campaign-Brochure_mediumThe “No Hate Speech Movement” is a online youth campaign launched on 21 March 2013 and which will run through to April 2014. One of the objectives is to make 22 July the European Day for Victims of Hate Crime.

Since “hate speech is threatening our democracies – as the promoters say – it is vital for people to campaign, to act together to uphold human rights online, to raise awareness, change attitudes and mobilise communities”.

To sign the petition and have more information about the campaign, check the following links.

http://www.nohatespeechmovement.org/
http://act4hre.coe.int/eng/No-hate-speech-movement/The-Campaign

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Ideas are no birds

A training course „Ideas are no birds” organized by „Club „The House” – Youth for United Europe” took place in Latvia from 1st until 11th July. It was about looking for creative solutions in organisations and aimed to give oportunity for young people to learn new innovative methods for improvements in capacity of organisations as well as share their experiences about youth work in different countries. It was organized in frames of program „Youth in Action” of European Union and invited 36 participants from 12 countries – Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Palestine, Georgia and Armenia.


 During this meeting participants learned to generate ideas and boost their creativity in a practical way. Additionally they got to learn important principles of presenting ideas and creating an innovative publicity. Uniting these non-formal education methods and international environment, participants were invited to exchange their experiences and ideas to create common projects and ideas for future events, that would directly or indirectly help to improve work in their own lives or organisations in whole continent of Europe.

After 24 hour work in smaller international groups, concluding everything they learned in project, participants were asked to present their proposals for future projects and plans, that were created in guidance of experienced trainers. At the end there were 9 final projects presented and among them one could see not only training courses and youth exchanges, but also concepts of non formal education as well as festivals which praise youth work.
The format of this particular event gave a chance to exchange their own methods in work with young people. This way they learned juggling, Latin-American dances, self branding through logos, as well as many other ways to approach people. During 11 days many learned not only useful skills and cooperation possibilities among countries, but also personal revelations about other cultures and oneself as a member of society.„With our project „Biking the future” we would like to increase awareness about social, cultural and environmental issues through outdoor activities and in our concept bike will play an important role. This training course in general inspired me to undertake creation of such idea and I will do everything in my powers to make it real and just as the first of many others! Newly gained and improved skills will help me on my way, but the best help will come from all of contacts and friends throughout whole Europe I gained during this training!” says Ivan Felipe from Germany.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information c

ontained therein.

More of participant impressions during the training are available in this blog http://klubsmaja.lv/index.php/because-ideas-are-no-birds.