Round Table for High School Students

On 27 March 2015 at 10am at the Educational-Leisure Centre for Youth SPAJALICA a round table was held regarding the topic „How to supress hate speech amongst the youth“ accentuating hate speech on social networks. The organisers of the round table were the Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Educational-Leisure Centre for Youth SPAJALICA.

The round table speakers were:      

Aida Mahmutovi?, an online rights coordinator of the Oneworld Platform for South East Europe (OWPSEE);

Mirhan Kiso, a sociology and civic education and democracy professor in schools functioning as a part of the Bosna Sema educational institutions;

Ivana Zejnep Zamu?en, a representative of the Elementary and High School Students Council in the Sarajevo Canton and

Aziz ?ipa, a psychologyst, representative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT and the discussion moderator.

The aim of the round table was to present the youth with different views of hate speech and familiarise them with the negative phenomenon through works of experts in different fields. The speakers pointed out in their overview that they have presented the phenomenon of hate speech from different poins of view so that the students could form a wider image of the problem itself and see the spheres of society it affects and who can work on the prevention of spreading hate speech.

The round table was organised for students of high schools from IlidĹľa municipality and the students of Sarajevo College, International High School and Technical High School for Graphic Technologies, Design and Multimedia in IlidĹľa joined also.

The participation of the students in the discussion was commendable and pointed out the importance of the topic in their lives, but also, how little opportunity they have to speak about it and share their experiences regarding the problem. It is worrying that all the students at least once encountered a situation in which someone insulted or belittled them or used some kind of hate speech on social networks.  

It was difficult to draw only a single conclusion after many hours of discussing, but what the participants agreed was the fact that a family is the base for acquiring politeness, manners and life values that are developed further through the educational system and society.

We are extremely proud of the excellent cooperation with the high schools and the great interest of the students to continue with this type of educational associating and exchanging experiences amongst the youth in the future.

We thank once again to the speakers of the round table and the exceptionally active students who visited SPAJALICA today to share their opinions, attitudes and experiences with those present.

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