22 July and Democratic Citizenship aims to develop the knowledge, confidence and commitment of young people, students and educators to act as multipliers – passing on knowledge about the terror attacks 22 July 2011 and promoting a democratic culture in schools and communities.
How do we create meaningful and inclusive meeting places when we cannot meet? What are useful tools and methods for discussing controversial issues online? Is it possible to find a common ground when we barely meet each other physically? These were some of the questions that participants at the Thorvald Stoltenberg Seminar 2020 explored together.
Despite the lockdowns and restrictions caused by covid-19, a lot has been happening in the 22 July and democratic citizenship program. “The program is buzzing with activity, and we are excited to be on our way to a “new normal”. Bringing engaged students and youth back to Utøya, developing a new digital democracy learning platform, and arranging a national training course for teachers affected by the terror attacks 22 July 2011, are some of the plans this fall,” says project manager Ingrid Aspelund.
“It is important to strengthen the democratic competences of children and youth, and it is important that we manage to talk and teach about the 22 July terror attacks in a good way to today’s students. I am proud of the work done and believe this contributes to prepare our most important community institution – the school – to do exactly this”, said Guri Melby, Minister of Education of Norway when she officially launched the new learning resources on 22 July last week.
Due to national regulations on Covid-19 infection control, The European Wergeland Centre had to postpone all education activities at Utøya island this spring. As Norwegian society is gradually reopening and restrictions are being lifted, we can finally welcome students and teachers at Utøya again.
Teaching Controversial Issues in the Nordic Countries
School leaders and teachers from 13 schools in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden took part in a 3-day training at Utøya as part of the Nordic pilot programme on ‘Teaching Controversial Issues and Managing Controversy in the Nordic countries