Workshops on hate speech, media and migration
Peace Institute, with the support of the Government Communication Office offers secondary schools free workshops on hate speech, media and migrations, which are intended for students.
As shown by the results of our research projects, the social climate in Slovenia is marked by the rise of hate and discriminatory speech. Most of the students have already been in contact with hate speech over social media and express a great deal of fear and distrust on migrations. Incomprehension of the situation of minorities is in modern societies strongly associated with ways of informing, therefore the understanding of the functioning of the media is crucial in promoting a culture of tolerance and solidarity.
We are responding to the described situation with workshops, in which the pupils critically and analytically face hate speech and its wider social context, the role and responsible use of the media in modern societies, and migrations. Our approach is inspired by the concept of intercultural media education, which includes the principles of equality, tolerance, social justice and solidarity. We address and include technologies and media that are closest to young people and have a significant impact on the wider society as well: smart phones, the Internet, social media, video games, etc.
The workshops are designed to last two hours and are based on active learning methods (group work, discussions). In the first part, students analyze real cases of hate speech, reflect on its effects and discuss possible responses. In doing so, they become acquainted with the functioning of the media and the importance of critical receiving and transmitting information. In the second part, a discussion with a guest who has a migrant background takes place. Students learn about the migrant route of a specific person and his/her life in Slovenia, the causes and consequences of migrations, cultural differences, break stereotypes and reflect on the importance of intercultural dialogue in building a tolerant and cohesive society.
Workshops are implemented in the period from April to October 2017. The content and time of performance can be adapted to the wishes and needs of the schools.