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Youth Takes Initiative: Against Bullying

Objectives

“Youth Takes Initiative: Against Bullying” is planning to have 2 mobility with one training course which will bring 29 youth workers, leaders on the 1-9th October 2019 and one exchange project which will bring 40 people from 8 different countries(4+1 group leader) together to get enough knowledge about ‘cyber-bullying’; to learn how European Institutions are tackling it and creating tools (e-book, videos etc.) for youth workers for preventing bullying and being marginalized of young people. In the another hand, we believe that ‘blaming’ new technologies might cause children and young people to have less interest in information and communication technologies (ICT) and it might also cause big problems in the future.
Because of this reason, instead of being afraid of ICTs, we would like to support skills of youth workers and leaders to be conscious users. Participants from Portugal, Poland, Austria Greece, Turkey, Spain, Italy and Cyprus will come together in Diyarbakir, Turkey.
Research shows that the use of technology can make these practices more dangerous and harmful than traditional bullying. The impact on the child’s well-being can be serious. According to recent data, in Europe more than 50% of children bullied online said that they became depressed as a result and over a third of them stated that they harmed themselves or thought about suicide. The right of freedom of expression is very important but it has to be limited by the respect of the human rights and reputation of others. Unfortunately, almost every day we can find very effective examples of online hate speech and increasing number of young people are victims of cyber-bullying. This has developed a real “advocacy of hatred” – mainly based on ethnic, sexual orientation and religious discrimination – that has become a serious threat to the democratic values of Europe and the EU. As European young people; we want to increase awareness about this issue and by developing social media tools (e-book, videos, articles etc.) for young people to prevent from it. Hate speech, xenophobia, discrimination against young people from different background or other religious communities as such (including refugees arriving in Europe) contribute to exclusion and may further reinforce radicalization of children and young people.
We have planned all of our activities for reaching out to marginalised young people, promoting diversity, intercultural dialogue, common values of freedom, tolerance and respect of human rights by focusing on enhancing media literacy and critical thinking. During our training course, non-formal education methods will be used: group work, discussions, outdoor activities, simulations, quizzes, creative writing workshop, debates, field visit, theatrical performances and various team building/evaluative games. All outcomes (included methods) will be written in the e-book and will be a useful guide for youth workers.

Activities

Each partner organization will publish the news about the project in their social media accounts and will try to make it publish on the local, regional and national media. Local, regional and national impact will be done mostly before and during the project when we will publish the news about our
training course.
Visiting Diyarbakir and a secondary school: To get to know more about the culture of Diyarbakir (in Mesopotamia) through the eyes of local young people. Local people and especially people in the secondary school will know about our project and opportunities of Erasmus + Programme.
We will promote the objectives and results of our training curse and Erasmus+ programme. We will try to contact with local/regional/national media and we will be more than happy to give interviews and share our experiences regarding to our project and Erasmus+ Programme.
We will open 2 Facebook groups, one of them will be a closed one only to our partners and participants, other one will be an open group and all posts and photos of participants can be read by all members who will join or follow it. We plan to promote these social media tools through our youth
work networks and we plan to reach approx. 5.000 people.
Participants will organise local youth activities and invent innovative and creative youth work methods and techniques in order to support young people and youth organization into the local societies and fight against bullying/cyber-bullying among local youth. At least 8 youth activities will be
run and each partner will reach approximately 20–50 young people. There will be run only for partners and participants’ use, so approximately 140-350 people will be reached.
Partners and participants will apply for and implement youth projects to develop concrete ideas on ICTs, safety of using ICTs, people who are discriminated mostly (such as LGBTQ+, different religions/races, refugees etc.) and preventing bullying and cyber-bullying of young people.
Approximately 5-10 youth exchanges ideas will be born during the project and during their implementation in the next 2 years approximately 600–1000 disadvantaged young people will be reached in international level.
E-book to share new tools for youth workers and videos to show stop cyber-bullying and preventing bullying of young people will be created during the project and they will be published on the social media pages of youth organizations and Erasmus + pages, SALTO and will be shared in youth
project networks. It will be spread in the social networks of partners and participants as uploading to webpages, facebook groups, dissemination platform of Erasmus+ programme etc. We plan to reach at least 5.000 youth workers and decision makers with it.

Impact

We have planned all of our activities for reaching out to marginalised young people, promoting diversity, intercultural dialogue, common values of freedom, tolerance and respect of human rights by focusing on enhancing media literacy and critical thinking. During our training course, non-formal
education methods will be used: group work, discussions, outdoor activities, simulations, quizzes, creative writing workshop, debates, field visit, theatrical performances and various team building/evaluative games.
All outcomes (included methods) will be written in the e-book and will be a useful guide for youth workers.

Partners and their participants will apply for and implement youth exchanges to develop concrete ideas on ICTs, safety of using ICTs, people who are discriminated mostly (such as LGBTQ+, different religions/races, refugees etc.) and preventing bullying and cyber-bullying of young people.
Approximately 5-10 youth exchanges ideas will be born during 2 mobility and during their implementation in the next 2 years approximately 400 – 600 disadvantaged young people will be reached in international level.
Videos to show stop cyber-bullying and preventing bullying of young people will be edited during the project and they will be published in the youtube channel/facebook page of the project and also will be shared in youth project networks. It will be spread in the social networks of partners and participants as uploading to webpages, facebook groups, dissemination platform of Erasmus+ programme etc. We plan to reach at least 3.000 youth workers and decision makers with it.

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