BT Volunteer: For me, this campaign prepared by EFPSA was a very enjoyable and unforgettable experience. It was incredible to consciously share with the students and my teammates. I’m very fortunate to know the sign language and teach it to students using it in our activity.
BT Participant: An Open Session was very fun, interesting and a helpful new experience that made us more aware of people in our city and showed us for who and why we fight discrimination.
BT Volunteer: My overall experience is very positive and I’m truly glad that I took part in delivering Better Together workshops. I feel that we as volunteers connected with each other and that we really left some positive impact on our participants who will create a more tolerant society.
BT Participant: An Open Session was great, we got the chance to meet people who are part of usually discriminated groups and experienced life from their point of view. I enjoyed the project and would definitely participate in it again.
BT Volunteer: Working for BT was an amazing experience. Preparation for these workshops made me feel more aware of the problems in society and taught me what can I do to change these imperfections. While delivering these workshops I felt very comfortable and also gained more self-confidence and fought my fear of public speaking.
The second wave of the Better Together campaign was implemented during Autumn and Winter of 2018. Eight countries including Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary, Lithuania, Portugal, Greece and Turkey participated.
This year the campaign gathered 125 psychology students who delivered the workshops and 179 participants, both high school and university students. This was not the only novelty – in some countries the cycle consisted of three, instead of five workshops. However, our main aim, tackling discrimination and motivating youngsters for doing the same, was achieved.
One way in which participants combat the discrimination, with help of the Local Volunteers, is an organisation of an Open Session day. For example, they watched and discussed movies with their families and friends, set up an art exhibition with the theme of social inclusion and exclusion in cooperation with local association and organised screening of a movie in a local high school.
The Better Together campaign consists of a cycle of 5 educational workshops, specially designed for high-school students between the ages of 13 and 18, and one open session oriented on empowering youth toward building more inclusive societies. It was developed by EFPSA’s Social Impact Initiative team, in collaboration with EFPSA’s Training Office.
The content of the Better Together workshop material is based on scientific data and reviewed by professionals in the field. It includes educational material about discrimination, experience-based role-play and situation-based games, video material and
interactive discussions. The workshops are delivered by specially trained psychology students.
By educating secondary level students on the basic concepts behind prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination and addressing different types of discrimination we hope to raise empathy and consequently create a more positive attitude towards building a more inclusive society.
The first cycle of the workshops started in Autumn 2017.