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Youth Council Next Generation – Capacity building Activity 5 – Use social media in a positive way

As part of the dissemination on the Erasmus + project “Increasing Quality of Activities Targeting Rural Youth”, our organization created and coordinated 8 capacity building activities.

The fifth activity took part on the 2nd of September, 2019 in the office of Center for tourism training and research, and 10 young people attended.

The participants had a warm welcome, and the Staff presented themselves and their role in the organization. Then they held a short presentation about our organization, and our main aims and goals. Also the aim of this event was explained.

In order to get to know each other, the participants played a few name games and energizers, such as “Name and gesture” and “Fruit Salad”.

The main activity on this event was teaching the participants positive ways of using social media. This session was held by a youth worker, and the positive and negative effects of using social media were explained in detail. The aim was to raise awareness, especially among young people, on the issue of offline and online hate speech, its forms and consequences and to strengthen competencies of the participants to effectively use various media, including social one, as tools for awareness raising; The staff explained the vocabulary. The participants were presented with the topic about freedom of speech, hate speech, discrimination, social exclusion, positive effects of using social media in fighting the hate speech, negative effects of media in hate speech fight. They discovered the key words related to the topic they received, and they prepared a few presentations with examples of those terms and explained them.

After the preparation time, participants presented their work. Each presentation had a constructive feedback and comments of how and where they can do better, given by the trainer.

After this, the staff held a presentation of the Erasmus + programme, and it’s many possibilities for the youth, with Q&A session. Then the participants played a Kahoot quiz, just so they can see how much they learned about the Erasmus + programme.

The project “Increasing Quality of Activities Targeting Rural Youth” was presented and also future events, projects and possibilities that the participants can take part in.

This event was important for the participants because they had the opportunity to learn something valuable, since it is very important for youth to know about the influence of social media communication while interacting with other people.

During the event, different tools from non-formal education were used as interesting name games, presentations, discussions, questions and answers sessions etc.