Prevent Radicalisation project
The Radicalisation Awareness Network of the European Commission states that „the best prevention is to stop people from getting involved in violent extremist or terrorist activities in the first place or to convince them to turn away from such ideas and methods. The people best placed to tackle the phenomenon of radicalisation are the so-called first-liners – people in direct contact with targeted individuals or vulnerable groups of the population. “
Therefore teachers and trainers –„first-liners“– need new skills and competencies to be better prepared to deal with intercultural tensions between diverse groups of learners. They should be able to detect, at an early stage, indicators of radicalisation among youth. However, many of them have had their vocational education years ago, and many of them might be completely or partially unprepared to the changes in the way in which our society is organized and which conceptual aspects of radicalisation pose a threat.
Within Prevent Youth Radicalisation project we provide teachers and trainers with information and good practice about effective tools and methods, to help them do their work better. They will be able to acquire skills and knowledge to apply interventions in a preventive stage, and to focus on self-esteem, empathy towards out-groups and managing negative emotions. In the long run, this approach will lead to a better learning climate, better learning results and will reduce racism and xenophobia in the classroom. Our Interactive Database supports teachers and trainers with online access to all initiatives and learning materials identified and collected in the project on the project website www.preventradicalisation.eu.
In addition to the database, we also summarized the findings in a Catalogue „Prevention of Youth Radicalisation in Practice “, which is also available online on the project homepage. It gives an overview of the current situation of the specific project environment in the partners’ countries, presents the initiatives, projects, and materials, and provides best practice examples for VET teachers and practitioners working with marginalized people in vocational education.
For more information, please visit our project website: www.preventradicalisation.eu