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6-week online course: Protection from Digital Violence by Using Critical Thinking

Join GPPAC’s Peace Education Working Group from 16 October to 30 November 2023 for a 6-week online course on ''protection from digital violence using critical thinking.'' The space is limited to 30! Deadline: 9 October 2023.

Who should apply?

  • Educators in primary and secondary classrooms
  • Individuals who work as educators or instructors in institutions specifically focused on training future teachers
  • Staff in Ministry/Departments of Education
  • Staff in International Governmental Organisations who work with youth at the primary/secondary level in the field of education
  • Staff in civil society organisations working in education at scale (country-wide or regionally)

In what language will the online course take place?

  • English: Participants will need to be proficient in English, both in writing and verbally.

Who will facilitate the online course?

Tatjana Popović and Biljana Lajovic. Read their bios and publications here.


  • Applications due 1 October 2023
  • Respond to applicants by 10 October 2023
  • Course begins/access to the course – 16 October 2023
  • Course Ends – 30 November 2023

Where can I apply?

You can apply to the online course by filling out this form.

Description and overview: 
This 6-week course is designed to develop and strengthen the capacities of formal /informal educators and practitioners working in the peacebuilding field to apply skills needed for the protection from digital violence. It is expected that in their working environments, they will work on transferring the skills, knowledge, and practical application to students and co-workers.

Participants will enhance their values formation, knowledge, and skills to use them personally and professionally. They will be able to support students and colleagues to do the same, thus contributing to safe behaviour online and in schools.

A complete set of 6 workshop scenarios for teaching these skills in the classroom/workshop will be provided for participants who complete the course successfully. They will also receive a certificate of completion from the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict.

The course will be highly interactive, as we consider participants’ experiences to be precious. We learn more successfully when analysing, discussing, and doing team tasks. Participants may expect homework in the form of individual tasks that will be posted on the Canvas platform.

The course format: 

  • Each week, there will be an online workshop (90 min) facilitated by lead facilitators and/or guest, working in pairs;
  • Interactive individual and group tasks;
  • Homework – assignments in the form of reading, written tasks and Q/A quizzes;
  • Consultancies with facilitators via Canvas - Facilitators will be available once a week live online; time will be agreed upon with participants;
  • Final task: Create a plan of activities that you will be able to implement in your work settings.

Sample resources will be shared throughout the course.

The themes we will cover during the course include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Protection from Digital Violence
  • Media Manipulations
  • Emotions vs Facts
  • Personal and Group Identity

You will need the following technology to follow the course:

  • Computer/tablet or phone with camera and microphone enabled
  • WiFi strong enough to participate in live discussions using Zoom technology and to watch videos

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