Interest and awareness of human rights have grown in recent decades. In 1948, the United Nations released the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has become the most important document of what should be considered the standard for basic equality and human dignity. However, nowadays it is obvious that young people lack the knowledge and understanding of fundamental human rights, their importance, and the practical ways to protect them.
The main aim of the project “You(th)Rright! Human Rights Consciousness for youth Workers” was to enhance knowledge and understanding of human rights to foster tolerance, respect, solidarity, and responsibility of the participating youth workers.
The project emphasized the benefits of multicultural societies, the importance of European Citizenship, and active participation in the promotion of human rights.
Objectives of the Training Course
• Deepen youth workers’ awareness about human rights issues, especially about the ones affecting young people (e.g. violence, and exclusion)
• Equip youth workers with knowledge, skills, and attitudes that support their positive contributions to society, based on respect, equality, justice, and solidarity
• Engage participants in a dialogue about how human rights laws and principles can be translated into their own social, economic, cultural, and political reality, using participatory learning methods that aim to sharpen critical analysis
• Train youth workers’ mentoring skills and capacity in acting as multipliers in their daily work with youth
• Establish & strengthen cross-border partnerships & future common projects and enhance their multiplier effect and impact
As the program involved a very big concept; Human Rights, the project is subdivided in 4 thematic sections:
To provide more insight into our daily activities we will describe the days of our project!
During the training course, through various innovative non-formal education methods such as social theatre, video-making, comics creation, simulation games, and moving debates, participants had the chance to explore and discover human rights applicability and violations concerning socially vulnerable and marginalized groups. The main topics that were covered during the training course were:
• Marginalization, Intolerance, Institutionalized privilege
• Μigrants, refugees, ethnic and religious minorities
• The challenge of disability
• Poverty, socioeconomic background, and (in)equality of opportunity
• Gender norms
• Environmental protection as a human right
• Inclusive societies
• Human rights Activism.
As the final result of the project, participants worked together to create innovative, interactive, and engaging tools to educate young people about human rights and their importance. As the final result, more than twenty different non-formal education activities, which aim to promote dialogue, foster activism, and general human rights understanding and knowledge were created!
*The Toolkit will be published soon.
Special THANKS to the 2 experienced trainers of You(th)Rright! Training Course:
Rasa Tučinskaitė and Stefano Esposito – for your wondrous work and efforts, which ensured a professional and safe learning environment for the participants!
I hope this article gave a broad summary of our Training Course, we as yEUth are extremely proud of what we did and can not wait to host more participants in the future!
Special thank you to our partners to make this project possible
Our partner organizations
Tinerii 3D (Romania)
Aps Young Effects (Italy)
Iris Sustainable Development (Sweden)
VIA CIVIC Association (Bulgaria)
Youthfully Yours SK (Slovakia)
Tot de volgende keer! (See you next time in Dutch)