Engaging with Online Extremist Material: Experimental Evidence. An article by Zoey Reeve (University College London, UK)
Recommendations from the research “Violent extremism and youth radicalisation: vectors, manifestations and intervention strategies” and the Round Table of 19 March 2021 “Which strategies for the prevention of youth radicalisation? Educational and community work for the city of youth”, carried out within the RaP-Rhizome Against Polarisation project.
Project’s website “Youth work against violent radicalisation”
Young people are impacted by constant changes in global social and economic realities, and many of them face poverty, exclusion, inequality and marginalisation. Their personal circumstances and wider political, social and economic environment in which they live may make them vulnerable to various radical influences and also violent radicalisation. Realities of this emerging trend make it necessary to emphasise the need to work with young people in Europe and its neighbouring regions, in order to strengthen their resilience to violent radicalisation, and reinforce the openness and inclusiveness of communities in which they live.
– to research and showcase positive ways and initiatives in which youth violent radicalisation can be addressed and prevented, and
– to examine how we can strengthen the role of different actors, in an attempt to compile a long-term strategy about youth work against violent radicalisation.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the DIVE IN partnership has organised online meetings to push the progress further on, discussed results from the first piloting phase and initiated the second piloting phase. We all hope that soon we will be able to meet in larger groups and at dissemination events like the final conference planned for in November 2021 in Florence, Italy.
DIVE IN Press Release – March 2021
This is the website of the European Project PRACTICE – Preventing Radicalism through Critical Thinking Competences.The PRACTICE project intends to innovate approaches to Continuing Vocational Education and Training while addressing the need for teaching methods applicable to different learners with the aim of preventing radicalisation.
Schools across Europe have a key role to play in preventing radicalisation by promoting common European values, fostering social inclusion, enhancing mutual understanding and tolerance and developing students’ critical thinking on controversial and sensitive issues as a key protection factor against radicalisation.
PRACTICE addresses the current challenges and needs to prevent radicalisation in schools and to support continuing professional development opportunities for teachers in this field by developing, testing and disseminating an innovative approach, using participatory methods and collaborative processes.
The manual “Start the Change!” was created as part of the project “Start the Change! Embracing Differences through Intercultural Education and Volunteering” project, which aims to train teachers, young people and their parents to understand and recognise the complexities and challenges of contemporary society and to develop personal, social and civic competences. The manual itself, through four thematic parts, offers a varied and rich content, which can help teachers and youth workers to support young people in their development into fulfilled, mature and responsible individuals.
The contribution of youth work to preventing marginalisation and violent radicalisation
PDF: A practical toolbox for youth workers and youth organisations and recommendations to policy makers
RAN: Preventing Radicalisation to Terrorism and Violent Extremism
PDF: Approaches and practices for preventing radicalisation
UNESCO – Guide for Teachers on Preventing Violent Extremism through Education.
This publication, as well as the Italian edition of Preventing Violent Extremism through Education: A Guide for Public Administrators, is the result of a successful collaboration between the Centre for International Cooperation (CCI) and UNESCO on research in the field of global citizenship education (ECG) and its promotion.The guidelines presented in this publication offer avenues for competent classroom management. The Guide should therefore be seen as a “pedagogical tool” to be adapted to individual contexts.
UNESCO – Preventing violent extremism through education A guide for public administrators
The document is a technical guide for educational representatives (public administrators, teachers and other educational actors) on how to address the real challenges posed by violent extremism within each society. In particular, the Guide is aimed at officials from ministries of education to help them to agenda, plan and implement concrete prevention actions.
Watch the video (available in English) about European foreign fighters joining extremists/terrorists in Syria and a discussion on distinguishing between people who want to come back to Europe and the others who are still a risk to Europe.
Vienna, 2nd of November 2020
Learn more from insights gathered from a RAN Communications and Narratives meeting held in September 2020 regarding Extremists’ Use of Video Gaming – Strategies and Narratives.
“Widespread reservations about migration appear to have less to do with the local situation than with the impact of migration on society as a whole,” explained Max Schaub, research fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Read more in the article Xenophobia is widespread in more than 200 examined East German communities. However, the arrival of refugees had hardly any influence on these attitudes. 23.09.2020 · Economics, Social Sciences, Spatial Research · WZB Berlin Social Science Center
And the study information: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0010414020957675
Alava, S., Frau-Meigs, D., & Hassan, G.(2017). Youth and violent extremism on social media: Mapping the research. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
The document represents a state of the art on the phenomenon of violent radicalisation spread through the social media in Europe and around the world.
RAN YF&C (2017): Strengthening community resilience to polarization & radicalization
RAN issue paper 04/01/2016: The Root Causes of Violent Extremism, Radicalisation Awareness Network
„Rehabilitation Manual – Rehabilitation of radicalised and terrorist offenders for first-line practitioners” (2020)
EXPERIENCE & PRACTICES
The contribution of youth work to preventing marginalisation and violent radicalisation. A practical toolbox for youth workers & Recommendations for policy makers.