St programmes & projects
The speaker focuses their talk around an account of their own experiences, such as the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda or the Syrian war and refugee crisis. These talks can last between 1-2 hours and are usually presented by one survivor to a single group of students (10-1000)
By looking at historical and contemporary examples, with a particular focus on the genocide in Rwanda, the workshops seek to strengthen young people’s resistance to divisive rhetoric and radicalisation by helping them to recognise the processes that lead to prejudice, extremism and identity-based hatred. Through interactive exercises and role-play the students learn that anybody can be vulnerable to extremism when certain processes take place and that extremism is not a phenomena particular to any culture, region or religion.
Participants are shown that around the world there have always been people who have stood up against prejudice and extremism. The students are encouraged to think about the motivations of individuals from history who rejected hatred and instead fought to protect the rights of others. Participants are challenged to be critical thinkers who question divisive information and always try to recognise the processes that lead to division - making the active choice to stand up against them.