The main aim of the project “Tackling radicalisation through education and youth action” is to address one of the most pressing concerns of European societies – the problem of youth radicalisation. On one hand, young people, often affected by unemployment and other negative consequences of the economic and social crisis are becoming increasingly susceptible to radicalisation (both online and as a result of peers’ pressure). On the other hand, the rise of radical terrorists and religious extremists leads to increased social tension between different groups within societies, with representatives of minorities often wrongly blamed and stigmatised by representatives of majorities.
These problems are mostly visible in Western European countries, as Belgium, France and UK. All of this is taking place within the context of increased introversion among public. People seem to be interested only in their own affairs, separating themselves from others with “walls or indifference”. In our project we want to address these challenges by deconstructing the existing problems, promoting educational solutions and fostering strategic cooperation between youth organisations and public authorities. Therefore, we have decided to organise a training course for youth workers and youth leaders on strategies for preventing radicalisation.
The project aims to provide participants with required competencies on youth inclusion, social cohesion intercultural dialogue integration and conflict management, as tools of the prevention of youth radicalisation; to increase the knowledge about the root causes of the youth radicalisation; to empower participants to be able to act as multipliers, using these competences in their daily work and thus empowering their peers and young people they work with; to facilitate cooperation between youth organisations and local stakeholders on this concern.
The objectives are:
- to increase the knowledge about the root causes of the youth radicalisation;
- to provide participants with necessary competencies on youth inclusion, social cohesion and entrepreneurship, mainly important as tools for preventing youth radicalisation;
- to empower participants to be able to act as multipliers, using these competences in their daily work and thus empowering their peers and young people they work with;
- to facilitate cooperation between youth organisations and local authorities, as well as representatives from the business sector.
The training has been implemented beween October 24th – 1st November 2016 with 32 youth leaders and youth workers active at the local level from: SPAIN, ITALY, TURKEY, CZECH REPUBLIC, GREECE, LITHUANIA, ROMANIA, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA and FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
- A focus on building personal resilience and a positive sense of identity: supporting young people to be emotionally resilient to life’s pressures and able to foster a positive sense of self, for example, through positive thinking, conflict-management techniques and celebrating their multi-faceted identities.
- Development of critical thinking skills, i.e. continually encouraging young people to think for themselves and in doing so take account of a balanced range of evidence and alternative perspectives – we look at how these skills can be developed to help young people to become informed and independent thinkers who are resilient to the influence of propaganda, e.g. through text-based, discussion-led and multi-media teaching approaches.
- Opportunities for interaction and team-work, so that young people develop transferable skills for positive collaboration and ongoing engagement.List of the most prominent learning outcomes divided by day. The full list learning outcomes is attached to this form in the activity program where is closely linked with its activity.