We strongly believe students communicate what they experience and that is the reason why we developed the unique method Educ-(ac)tion. Combining theory and practice, students from different nationalities and backgrounds are capable of developing strategies to challenge hate speech and tackle different types of extremism.
We work in partnership with universities and high schools.
We cultivate critical thinking, sharing with students theories about digital media and hate speech, and we also empower them to use their skills to challenge hate speech and come up with ideas to tackle different types of extremism. In addition to it, Words Heal the World also provides students with a sense of belonging because they become part of a larger community. In this sense, Words Heal brings together students from different cultures, backgrounds, ages, gender, religions and give them sense of purpose insofar they start feeling they can effectively lead change towards a peaceful world.
Currently, we work in partnership with 2 universities:
- University of Westminster (UK)
- UFRJ (Brazil)
Students from these universities are encouraged to write articles, make videos, develop social media campaigns, produce short documentaries, and use their creativity to challenge hate speech and develop strategies to tackle different types of extremism (such as Islamophobia, xenophobia, jihadism, antisemitism, racism, religious intolerance towards African religions, sexism, and homophobia).
If you want to bring your students on board, please, contact us: [email protected]
Although undergraduate and Masters students are our main producers of content to challenge hate spech, we have also started delivering workshops in high schools to empower youth and inspire teenagers to use their creativity to come up with ideas to challenge different types of extremism.
During our workshops, students feel they can make a difference in our society, and they irradiate this feeling among their friends and community, inspiring more and more people to use social media for peace. The ideas presented are so amazing that some of them we have implemented, shaping what we call the VIRTUOUS CIRCLE OF PEACE.
Are you interested in developing one of these activities at your university or High School? Let us know! Send an email to [email protected]
Each of us can use social media and together we can heal our world!