LEAD-Online International Training of Trainers in Vienna


More than 40 participants from 7 countries, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Austria, Croatia, and Italy, gathered in Vienna for the 3-day International Training of The Trainers of LEAD-Online project. LEAD-Online partners and external participants, educators, journalists, and activists, met in person in order to train themselves to recognize, decode, and respond to online hate speech. 

The Cypriot delegation consisted of Lina Giannivasili and Thanos Arvanitidis, from Future Needs, Katerina Nicolaou, Elena Papamichael, Panagiota Panagiotou, and Dorita Markantoni.

The Training of Trainers was based on the standards of human rights education and in that regard, it was interactive, participatory, and followed an experiential learning approach.


The workshop during the International Training of The Trainers encompassed input, activities and discussions on:

  • Raising awareness on hate speech online
  • Recognizing, decoding and counteracting hate speech online
  • Legal background on the restrictions of freedom of speech
  • Probing activities for workshops on hate speech online
  • The art of agenda making and debriefing
  • Participatory assessment of the Hate Out! online game

The next phase of the project is a series of local trainings on countering hate speech online that will be delivered by the project partners and the external participants in their home countries from December to April. 

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