Youth workers went back to their home countries and are now preparing the program they will implement with their group of students in the following months.
This program will integrate the materials and the techniques youth workers learned during the training. This latter was thus very beneficial.
Faustine, the French youth worker, shared her experience:
As youth workers for the FACE project, we spent a week in November in Czech Republic to participate in a training which focused on the different approaches, the artistic tools and strategies at our disposal to deal with cyberbullying. The information we learned during this week are very important since we will put them into practice with the group of teenagers we will be working with this year.
So here we are, about thirty people, partners and youth leaders from other countries (Malta, Italy, Germany, Morocco, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic), in the village of Malenovice, close to the mountains and forests in the east of the country.
Brainstormings, presentations, role-playing and improvisation, film productions with our mobile phones, transformation and interaction with our environment, a whole program that confronts us directly through practice with the tools we will deploy during the implementation of the project.
While being formed through experimentation, these participatory modules allowed us to collectively question ourselves and find ways to represent the different facets of cyberbullying.
What does it mean? Who are the actors? How can we spot a cyber-harassment situation in the faceless space that is the Internet and often hidden under the guise of humour? What causes such behaviors to the point of diluting any sense of empathy or respect in one’s relationship with the other? How can this collective awareness and responsibility be awakened? How can we break the vicious circle that has begun?
The productions realized by the group were so diverse that each time they made it possible to tackle a different aspect, be it in relation to the use of screens, the relationship with the Other, the slippage of insidious violence, or the search for social legitimacy.
To express, re-materialize and embody these virtual interactions in order to become more aware that, behind the screens and avatars, the Other still exists.
See you next February for the continuation of the project!