12 October, 2016

No Hate Speech Flashmob Organized by Save the Children Association Iaşi (Romania)

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iasi-150x150On the 9th of October, on the occasion of the 6th edition of the Non-formal Learning Days, a national event dedicated to the promotion of non-formal education in Romania, the volunteers of Save the Children Association Iaşi organized a flashmob in the city centre and information sessions for pupils enrolled in local schools.

The “No Hate Speech” flashmob took place in the Union Square in Iaşi and aimed to raise public awareness of hate speech online and offline and of its consequences, as well as to send an encouraging message to those who have been targets of hateful comments.

The team of 35 volunteers of the association brought to the public attention a social tool of awareness raising, having prepared a 4-minute choreography to help them deliver the #NoHateSpeech message, for a community without hate, based on respect and tolerance, irrespective of ethnic, racial or religious affiliation, social background, gender, and so on.

Confident that change is possible and that it starts, first and foremost, with ourselves, the volunteers prepared more non-formal educational tools to teach pupils what hate speech is, to talk about the consequences it has and suitable ways to prevent and react to such inappropriate and dangerous comments, aiming at the same time to equip the pupils with knowledge about phenomena like intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion.

The event was organized in cooperation with the City Hall Iaşi, with the support of the National Campaign Committee of the No Hate Speech Movement in Romania and the European Secretariat of the No Hate Speech Movement within the Council of Europe.

A video of the flashmob will be available soon on http://salvaticopiii-iasi.ro/.

More details about future No Hate Speech events organized in the framework of the national Non-formal Learning Days are available (in Romanian) here: http://www.nonformalii.ro/evenimente/zin-ziua-invatarii-nonformale-2016

Irina Drexler
National campaign coordinator

No Hate Speech Movement Romania

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