The project addresses the problem of peer-on-peer abuse and the lack of education on discrimination issues in Małopolska and Górny Śląsk schools. Classes on equality in schools are held intermittently. In 2020, Katowice and Kraków designated a few thousand or up to ten or twenty thousand PLN on classes to raise awareness of discrimination issues in schools. Meanwhile, the problem of violence in Polish schools is alarming – the percentage of young people who have experienced peer-on-peer violence, including emotional abuse, is as high as 15%. The governing majority is running a hate campaign targeting any equality initiatives and minorities. The situation in Małopolska is especially difficult. Persons who incite hate towards LGBT people and discredit concepts of human rights have been appointed to education authorities. Although the teaching community is subjected to intimidation, a large group of people continue to feel the need to counteract exclusion and hate speech.
The Project Promoter will devise an online discrimination awareness course available during and after the project. Multimedia materials such as films, podcasts, graphic materials, and content-related materials will be produced for the course. Under the project, the Project Promoter will hold seven training sessions for a total of 140 people. The participants will also have access to content-related, psychological, and legal consultations. Two open expert seminars will also be held to supplement the training. At the end of the course, the project participants will conduct lessons on discrimination at their schools.
The project is intended for teachers in Małopolska and in Górny Śląsk, and for pupils. Teachers will improve their competencies and motivation to conduct discrimination awareness classes. Awareness in the school community with respect to discrimination and peer-to-peer violence will improve, pupils will become more mindful of these problems, and the school itself will become a safer place.