Reading room

This is a place for everything from A to Z about tolerance and human rights—how does this magical ability to see the world of the other ‘in his shoes’ look from close-by, what are your inviolable human rights and freedoms, as well as fundamental responsibilities through which you protect the rights and freedoms of the other. And Toolbox—you probably already guessed—is this corner in the reading room, where through games, tasks and exciting experiences you will develop your magical ability to get along with those different from you.

School of Tolerance

Each article you open in this section is a door to the various nuances and aspects of tolerance and mutual understanding with your relatives, friends and strangers—whether at home, at school, at university, at work, on the street or in the square, in the big city or the small village.


Human rights are the fundamental rights that everyone in the world receives at birth and until their last breath. They are based on such shared values as dignity, honesty, equality, respect and independence—values that are defined and protected by law.


The basic human freedoms of the individual or a group—freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of desire, and freedom of fear—can never be taken away from us, although they are sometimes restricted from the outside world.


The relationship between you and the other is based on rights and responsibilities: although, in fact, only one article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, every right is in fact accompanied by a responsibility. If we have the right to life, then we have the responsibility to respect life. Every human being has the right to a happy and healthy life: in this way we are obliged to create conditions for others around us to have such a life as well.


Once you open this box, you will find in it a bunch of treasures—ways to develop your sensitivity, senses and mental attitude to the different, foreign, colorful, challenging, conscious and unconscious ones; you will find yourself more open to the world and people. For this purpose, we have prepared for you all kinds of tools under the non-formal learning methodology: situational, role and logical cases, games, videos and manuals, methodologies and information resources (Council of Europe, European Solidarity Corps, Volunteer Cooperative, etc.).

A Handbook on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Young Girls

When talking about concepts such as gender equality and women’s empowerment one needs to take the notion of Gender and the many parameters it involves into account, including the multiple definitions and aspects it has been assigned through time and …


Training of Trainers for Gender Equality and Active Citizenship

„Gender Equality and Active Citizenship“ is a toolkit that aims to empower youth workers to conduct trainings on topics related to gender equality. The tool is made to expand the increasing knowledge regarding non-formal education in order to achieve social …


Taking It Seriously (2015)

Guide to Recommendation CM/Rec(2015)3 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to Member States on the access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights Over the decades, in the hearts and surroundings of many cities, …


Manual for Facilitators in Non-Formal Education (2009)

Manual for facilitators, who are involved in preparation and implementation of the study sessions programme at the European Youth Centres The Manual for Facilitators in Non-Formal Education (2009) provides essential information and practical advice for all who are involved in …


Education Pack (2016). All Different – All Equal

Ideas, resources, methods and activities for informal intercultural education with young people and adults  The Education Pack All Different – All Equal aims to provide practical and theoretical materials that can be used by educators, trainers, youth workers and teachers …


Hate speech in online environment

Why is it important to cope with hate speech online? The time, which young people spend online today equates and even exceeds the time they spend communicating face to face. Therefore, it is necessary to pay special attention to hate …


Free to be You and Me (2019)

Toolkit for youth workers, volunteer coordinators and trainers “Free to be You and Me” (2019) is a toolkit for informal working methods for gender equality work. This is a short version of the toolkit translated into Bulgarian for youth workers, …


Don’t judge a book by its cover! (2005/2011)

The living Library Organiser’s Guide The Living Library works just like normal libraries, where readers come, discuss topics and titles, and borrow books for a limited period of time. There is only one difference: The books in the Living Library …


Right to Remember (2017)

A Handbook for Education with Young People on the Roma Genocide “Right to Remember”, 2017 is a self-contained educational resource for anyone who wishes to promote deeper awareness of the Roma Genocide and the fight against discrimination. The handbook is …



Taking action against Hate Speech through Counter and Alternative Narratives The manual We CAN! (2017 Revised Edition) proposes communicative and educational approaches and tools for young people and other human rights activists: you can develop through them your own counter …


DOmino (1995/2004)

Manual to use peer group education as a means to fight racism, xenophobia, anti-semitism and intolerance Domino is designed to support youth and social workers, youth leaders and peer educators. The different sections of DOmino contain both theoretical knowledge of …


Mirrors (2015)

Manual on combating Antigypsyism through human rights education The manual Mirrors, 2015 was developed within the Roma Youth Action Plan of the Council of Europe to provide teachers, trainers and facilitators of non-formal educational processes with young people of all …


Have Your Say! (2015)

Manual on the Revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life Youth participation is not an end in itself, but a means to achieve positive changes in the lives of young people and to …


COMPASS (2002/2012)

Manual on Human Rights Education with Young People COMPASS is a manual for human rights education with young people. It was developed in 2002 by the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Youth and Sport on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary …


COMPASITO (2007/2009)

A Manual on Human Rights Education for Children COMPASSITO is a child-friendly version of the manual COMPASS. It is published by the Council of Europe and, as the title suggests, is a human rights education manual for children. COMPASSITO is …


Gender Matters (2019)

A Manual on Gender-Based Violence Affecting Young People This manual constitutes an introduction to social gender and gender-based violence and is useful for anyone who works with young people. It includes topics and practical methods that provide reflection and raise …


Consequences of Hate Speech: Hate Crimes

How does hate speech affect society and people who are subject to it? Hate speech is one of the initial forms of hate crime. Hate speech, whether used purposefully or simply in a single outburst of emotion, can cause serious …


What is Hate Speech?

And how has Hate Speech turned into a special term making an entire European movement to combat it? According to an online poll conducted by the Council of Europe in 2012, 78% of the respondents encounter daily hate speech online. …


Sexual and Gender Discrimination

Acts of sexism in our everyday life Sexual and gender discrimination, also known as sexism, justifies considering the lower value on one sex or gender over another as well as the prejudices against them, arising from public understandings of different social roles, the …


LGBT discrimination

Definition of sexual orientation. Homophobia. Examples of discrimination based on sexual orientation Sexual orientation is an individual biological characteristic and part of the identity of each of us. It covers the whole range of human sexuality and applies equally to …

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