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NISO - Fighting homophobia through active citizenship and media education

Directorate Fundamental Rights and Citizenship of the European Commission

The NISO project was co-financed by the Directorate Fundamental Rights and Citizenship (DG Justice).

The Province of Rome was the coordinator of the project.

The Project

In the NISO project (2011-2012) four organizations from Belgium, Estonia, Italy and the Netherlands worked together, led by the Province of Rome. They developed a game for students about human rights and sexual diversity. The direct target groups are students and (inter)national policy makers and politicians. The game helps students to express their voice about human rights, and to fight homophobia in schools and the media. That is why the game is called Voice OUT.

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On December 1, 2012, the NISO Project had its final conference in Rome and presented its results and recommendations

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The Game

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The game was be tried out in three schools in each of the four countries (Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia) participating in the project. Each of the groups tried to develop the best and most popular way to do citizenship education about fundamental rights. The winning parties of each school met each other during a national conference, where a national winner was elected. The national winners travelled to Brussels to promote the best practices to the European parliament. The game became publicly available in 2012.


Voice OUT - The core of the game is about how students can deconstruct different types of sterotypes and homophobia in the media. The method is participatory: the students organize the election itself and become aware of how human rights play a role in their daily life and in politics.

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Target groups - The project has as target groups: students, teachers, schools, politicians and policy makers.

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