International Training Course
"Understanding and Prevention of Radicalization among Youth"
Taking into account the presence of extremist movements in the EU, as well as the terrorists events from 2018 and 2019 in the UK, France and other, Foundation "Solidarity Works" considers it highly important to gather active young people, youth workers and activists from European and MENA countries to discuss the extremism phenomena in EU which nowadays threaten democracies. The feeling of insecurity which terrorists aim to create has the potential to undermine the cohesion of our societies, and is particularly harmful for youth who can fall victims to radicalization or become closed-minded and distrusting towards others as a response to extremism. The training course “Understanding and Prevention of Radicalization among Youth” aims to promote active participation of youth in prevention of extremism phenomena, and developing knowledge and practical approaches to combat radicalization through youth work and nonformal education.
But how do these extremist movements emerge in Europe? Financial crisis, unemployment, violated rights of marginalized social groups create a good environment for extremism to emerge. Unfortunately, extremism results in a variety of negative phenomena such as xenophobia, discrimination, violence, social conflict, nationalism. Overcoming this current condition requires active participation of a varied group of key actors.
As youth workers we meet and work with young people from very different backgrounds. Whether we aim to support their social, emotional, academic or physical development, we need to be capable of recognizing the issues they are dealing with, and offer informed support. Domestic violence, and gender-based violence more broadly, have only recently entered the public discourse in Bulgaria with more frequency. They have largely been taboo topics in most patriarchal and traditional societies such as the ones in Southeastern Europe and the MENA region. The absence of supportive public response for DV victims and survivors, as well as the insufficient understanding of their needs, has led to a lack of preparation and training of teachers and youth workers to work with young people affected by DV.
Our training course aims to support the professional development of youth workers by enhancing their understanding of DV and equipping them with a range of tools to recognize youth affected by DV, as well as to offer informed support, and guide said youth on a path of healing and social inclusion. Additionally, the TC will build youth workers' skills to manage stress and difficult emotions which arise from working with victims and survivors of violence, in order to minimize the risk for burnout, and ensure sustainable professional development.
The main objectives of the training course are:
▲ to equip youth workers with awareness and tools to recognize victims and survivors of domestic violence among the populations they work with
▲ to utilize a diverse range of tools to offer support, assess and reduce danger
▲ to develop the knowledge and skills of youth workers to guide affected individuals towards healing and social inclusion
▲ to ensure the sustainable professional development of youth workers by developing youth workers' skills in relation to emotional management and self care
Through preparing youth workers to better address the needs of the youth populations they work with, and do so in ways that are responsible, thoughtful and do not put at risk neither the young people, nor themselves, our training course will contribute to the capacity building for quality youth work of their respective organisations.
What will the training course participants learn and experience?
The training program is organized under 4 themes:
Understanding Extremism and Radicalization among Youth
▲understanding the causes of extremism/radicalization and where it develops
▲ identifying and analyzing the main actors of generational extremism/radicalization and the ones to prevent it
▲developing a tolerant and understanding approach to other young people’s cultures
▲mapping the extremism/radicalization phenomena in Europe and find connections between them
▲ analyzing European values and how they can be used as tools against extremism and radicalization
Developing Advocacy Tools and Skills
▲developing tools and instruments for youth workers to recognize signs of radicalization at an early stage within their specific activity
▲providing common, consistent, and effective instruments to help youth workers report their observations to the appropriate institutions
▲developing specific skills for organizing, implementing, and actively facilitating sessions with young people in risk of radicalization (especially marginalized ones)
▲choosing appropriate learning methods and adapt existing methods to create new ones tailored to the needs of young people at-risk of radicalization
▲establishing a series of prevention strategies and tools for all youth workers to respond appropriately to potential vulnerable youth at-risk of radicalization
▲identifying non-formal methods and instruments that can be adapted in the active framework of the anti-radicalization process
▲ equipping youth workers with organizational abilities, resources/methods and required competencies on youth inclusion, social cohesion, intercultural dialogue, integration and conflict management, as tools of prevention of youth radicalization
▲developing competences gathered through thematic workshops, study visits, and local actions with marginalized youth
5th September - 12th September,
SolidarityWorks Center for Learning, Sharing, and Cultural Exchange
If you are interested in joining the project and are a resident of one of the following countries, don't hesitate to e-mail us or our partners for more information.