Raise your words aims to build in Kuwait’s college students the willingness to speak openly against extremist violence on social media channels. They aim to power the silent majority, while emphasizing solidarity with the victims, common causes, shared values, and raising awareness of the threats from violent extremism.
“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder” -Rumi
Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) is one of 45 schools worldwide participating in the Peer to Peer (P2P): Challenging Extremism initiative. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and facilitated by EdVenture Partners, tasks student teams to create digital media content in the form of an initiative, product, or tool that empowers networks of youth to counter the social media presence and effectiveness of violent extremists’ online messaging.
This platform is part of the project which goal is to facilitate informed and inclusive discussions to counter the narrative of violent extremism, whilst simultaneously promoting examples of other people or organizations speaking out and leading by their example against extreme violence all over the world.
Raise Your Words has organized many different events to bring students together and be able to understand the different things happening in the world. Furthermore, they showed the students that they have a voice too and that voice will be heard in one way or another. Through the graffiti show, conferences, and promotional videos, they used these tools to reach the students and the people who had a voice that needed to be heard.
Good luck to the students as they visit Washington to present their project!!