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The University of Frederick is a key partner in a programme to tackle racism and xenophobia

Participants at the first meeting for the project

Frederick University is one of the partners of the ‘Hate Interrupter Teams: Youth Countertraining Hate speech to Migrants and Minorities through Participatory and Creative Campaign’ to combat racism and xenophobia, co-funded by the European programme ‘Rights, Equality and Citizenship’. The head of this programme is the Hope For Children CRC Policy Centre. Frederick University is the only academic institution in Cyprus participating in this project, among eight other partners from seven countries.

The mobile devices laboratory of Frederick University will develop a platform to gather information from all partners. In addition, a relevant website, available in six languages, will be created to raise public awareness and understanding of hate speech and negative behaviour towards immigrants, as well as general information on the programme. Also, the site will offer an interactive experience through an electronic ‘human library’. A role-playing game for mobile devices will also be developed, which will raise awareness of the project. Frederick University’s team leader is Andreas Constantinides from the department of computer science and computer engineering.

The project started on October 1, its duration is 24 months and it is a collaboration of nine participants from different countries: Hope For Children Crc Policy Centre and Frederick University from Cyprus, and others from Greece, the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany and Bulgaria.

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