Social and Emotional Learning approach to empower young people to become agents of change; it helps them to better understand the phenomenon of online hate; it provides them with tools and strategies to act and make a difference.
"Hacking is any amateur innovation on an existing system, and it is a deeply democratic activity. It's about critical thinking. It's about questioning existing ways of doing things. It's the idea that if you see a problem, you work to fix it, and not just complain about it."
Catherine Bracy, TechEquity Collaborative
In more concrete terms, SELMA will target young people (age 11-16), primarily in schools, but also in the out-of-school communities that impact on their well-being. It will engage them – together with their peers, teachers, parents and other professionals and carers – in a multifaceted learning journey. It will foster a wider dialogue with education stakeholders (including Ministries of Education), civil society organisations and industry. It will take an evidence-based approach to prevent and remediate online hate speech.
These efforts will result in increased awareness, knowledge and understanding of online hate speech and how young people can play an active role to prevent or counter it. SELMA does not intend to police "bad" online behaviour. Rather, it will nurture an environment where young people feel empowered to take action.
Watch this space to see how SELMA will help to hack online hate for good!
1 Under the European Union's Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020). More information is available at http://ec.europa.eu/justice/grants1/programmes-2014-2020/rec/index_en.htm. This project is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020). The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the author and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.
This project is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020). The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the author and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.