Human beings possess the astounding ability to understand each other and the world through languages. Language is a formidable tool that can transmit messages of love, hope, freedom, respect and cooperation. However, it can also be used to control, oppress and discriminate. We want to connect educational establishments, collect samples of disrespectful and harmful language and share and promote good practice in communication in a variety of languages for democratic schools all over Europe.
Schools in cities across Europe connected online through platforms and social networks.
Participating teachers and students will collect examples of language use that (in)directly label or discriminate as well as samples that reinforce and model democratic interactions. This joint research will raise awareness of the importance of what and how we communicate at schools and beyond.
Participants will be more aware of language use that promotes cooperation and respect between people. They will also have a better understanding of how hatred and racism can be promoted and spread by language. The final collection of examples in several languages will be disseminated widely.
Teachers and students will be invited through social networks to join us on a platform, choose a language that they will examine and collect positive and negative examples from written and spoken discourse in that language (from newspapers, television, internet, videos, literature, their own classrooms, etc.) in order to discuss these with other groups of teachers and students analyzing samples in the same language. Teachers will get expert guidance in discourse analysis from the project team.
We are teachers and trainers who learned to recognize the power of language and the risks that a spreading language of hatred entail when it appears at school. We are motivated to raise our students’ awareness to this threat, develop their communication skills and act to prevent radicalization.
Teachers, students and possibly school leaders from a variety of countries and from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds are at the centre of our project, including ethnic minorities and migrant students.
We strongly believe in the co-construction of knowledge. Any critical and constructive feedback will support us in developing our ideas further and is greatly appreciated. We are also open to cooperate with other entities.