Theater Workshop about Human Rights and hate speech / 6-7 July
On the 6th and 7th of July, two workshops took place as part of the project “Raise” which strives for raising awareness of hate speech crimes among the community and local institutions and is funded by Erasmus+. We successfully conducted combining the mentioned topics with methods from the “Theater of the Oppressed”. We were playing, discussing, and trying out possible solutions for situations in which hate speech occurs. Furthermore, we learned about Human Rights with specifications to the right to a fair trial. Check out the video that got created during our workshops last week.
The workshop, as part of the project RAISE prepared local youth to take their knowledge to the next level by joining the project “RAISE UP! – Visual Makers” that took place one week after the theater workshop.
RAISE UP! – Visual Makers / 12-16 July
The project was a blended training (online and offline) that combined the topics of hate speech, human rights and….comics! Participants from Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, France and the UK spent the morning exchanging experiences and knowledge about hate speech with each other.
They participated in activities that raised their awareness on human rights, and had the chance to exchange opinions on an intercultural level. In the afternoon sessions, participants from each country worked in their national groups with a comics artist, in order to depict alternative narratives to hate speech cases.
The project RAISE seeks to raise awareness of hate crimes between the community and local institutions and to provide support and tools for the pursuit of greater justice and equality in this area. The project’s priority is to help tackle diversity and promote the common values of equality and non-discrimination, to find strong solutions to reduce hate crimes and to promote social inclusion by creating a more conscious, cohesive and inclusive society. The importance of the internationalization of this project is to strengthen the EU’s values and to raise their awareness, creating an inclusive Europe without hatred for differences in a mixed and different Europe that sometimes shows intolerance and instability.
Make your voice heard – Training course in Arnaia, Halkidiki
We are happy to announce that we successfully launched our first offline training course after one and a half years of abstinence!!! “Make your voice HeaRD” was a project about “Youth workers as influencers for the promotion of Human Rights and
Democracy”. During the project participants learned and exchanged about different digital possibilities to promote HumanRights and other related topics among youngsters and mainly to give young people a voice to be heard in society. Very interesting discussions ariose that got carried as well into the free time, new connections were created and social networks expanded for future projects, operations and possibilities.
Video Workshop for the volunteering Team
On 12 and 13th of July, our volunteering team from Arnaia, Chalkidiki had the chance to attend a video workshop by USB. In those two days, the international and local volunteers learnt how to produce a video, to write a script, to shoot with professional equipment and to use editing programs. The outcome will be four documentaries about the local life in Arnaia; the production of honey, bread, wine, and the life of the locals in a town such as Arnaia, located in the north and green part of Halkidiki.
Performance about LGBT+ rights
The Balkan Hotspot team attended a performance at the seaside from the brand “Kaspiterina“. Kaspiterina is a project born from a volunteering experience by Katerina Stavrou, who used to be a volunteer in the LGTBI association Sympraxis. During her stay in Thessaloniki, she decided to bring her passion of sewing into an actual brand that everyday has more followers on social media. Katerina made these wedding dresses herself, and prepared a theatre performance that supports LGTBI rights, with the participation of USB volunteers.
Project about environmental education
The kickoff meeting of the project EMBRACE, a KA2 Capacity Building project coordinated by USB about environmental education has been organised in Belgrade, Serbia between the 6th and 7th of July 2021. Partners from Greece, Serbia, Italy, France, India, Peru and Vietnam has the chance to discuss different steps of the project as well as to plan the next activities.
More activities at USB
USB takes advantage of the good weather and the fewer COVID19 cases and resumes their local mobility projects. The organisation is going to implement during summer the following projects:
Between 13-19/07/2021 in Arnaia, Chalkidiki, Make your voice HeaRD
Between 21-27/07/2021 in Arnaia, Chalkidiki,ECOLOGY ACT 2 /ZERO WASTE
Between 02-13/08/2021 in Arnaia, Chalkidiki,Prop@genda
Between 25-31/07/2021 in Thessaloniki, Youth Worker in Debate
Between 20-31/07/2021 in Stratoni, Chalkidiki, YUIC
Between 05-14/08 Stratoni, Chalkidiki, GeCko
Between 24/08-02/09/2021 Stratoni, Chalkidiki, AIM ROMA
Between 04/09-13/09/2021 Stratoni, Chalkidiki, GEM
Between 14-22/09/2021 Stratoni, Chalkidiki, TAYA
The above projects are co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme under KA1 and KA2 and supported by the Municipality ofAristotle in Chalkidiki.
In addition to that USB is hosting at the moment 3 European Solidarity Corps group projects with more than 30 young people in Thessaloniki, Arnaia and Stratoni, Chalkidiki. Combined, USB is expecting to host more than 300 young people and youth workers.