WEXFO

About WEXFO Youth

Youth and their freedom of expression is an important area of work for World Expression Forum. WEXFO Youth has been established and will be developed as a platform for cooperation, coordination, and dissemination where organizations and activists working on shared issues concerning youth and freedom of expression can meet, exchange experiences, and learn from each other. The lack of such a platform is one of the key findings in the report “Youth’s participation in society – examples of initiatives implemented to improve participation”.

WEXFO Youth is developing such a role in local work, and WEXFO will scale this up, both on a national and global level. This will be a network for organizations working with youth and freedom of expression, researchers and others from schools, universities, libraries, content providers, reading promotion organizations. It is of great importance to involve young people and their organizations in this work.

We will reach out globally to expand the partner network and arrange at least one partner conference each year, in connection with the WEXFO Congress.

 

About WEFO Youth Lillehammer

WEXFO Youth, Lillehammer (WYL) will be arranged for the first time in May 2023. The target groups are students, pupils in upper secondary schools, age group 14-17 years. This is a kind of festival, with many different arenas where young people can learn about freedom of expression, discuss, and express themselves. The festival is built on the experience from a similar event in Denmark. The program will be developed by a program committee where all participants are from the target group. We plan to arrange WEXFO Youth in Lillehammer every year in connection with WEXFO. Next year’s event will be a pilot for learning. If it is successful, we plan to scale up at Lillehammer but also arranging it at other places, nationally, and internationally.

 

About WEXFO Youth, Utøya

WEXFO Youth, Utøya (WYU) will also be arranged for the first time in May 2023. Target group 18-30 years. In cooperation with Utøya AS, it will start as a gathering on the island on 19-21 May 2023.

We will invite 30-50 young voices from all over the world for a pilot study. We plan to scale-up from 2024 to 100 participants. WYU will gather young innovators, activists, and community leaders to highlight how young people locally and globally fight for freedom of expression. We want to ensure that young people’s perspectives, suggestions and calls for action is clearly expressed and taken into account during WEXFO at Lillehammer in the following days. WYU will be in charge of one of the sessions at World Expression Forum 2023.

On Sunday 21 May, we will arrange a trip for those participants at WEXFO 2023 who want to go to Utøya. They will have the opportunity to meet those attending WYU, in addition to experiencing a day on the island.  On Monday 22 May 2023, we change location for WEXFO Youth at Utøya to Lillehammer and World Expression Forum 2023. They will participate in the congress on Monday, both as audience members and some of them on stage. On Tuesday, they will contribute as professional resources to the Youth People’s Meeting, where they can lead workshops, participate in panels, etc.

 

About WEXFO Youth Partner Conference

WEXFO Youth has been established to develop a platform for cooperation, coordination, and dissemination where organizations and activists working on shared issues concerning youth and freedom of expression can meet, exchange experiences, and learn from each other.

WEXFO will arrange two partner conferences each year, the first during WEXFO 2023 in Lillehammer on Wednesday May 24th2023. The partner conference will be an important meeting place for a network of organizations working with youth and freedom of expression, researchers, schools, universities, libraries, content providers, reading promotion organizations and others.

Wexfo aims to increase young people’s participation in democracy through the sharing of knowledge about the challenges and successful measures that can be taken. WEXFO want to inspire to start new projects and share best practices, and help to ensure that action is taken.