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Month: September 2020

Partner Building Activity, “Match. Exchange. Develop. Youth Work against violent radicalisation and extremism”: day 1 online

Partner Building Activity, “Match. Exchange. Develop. Youth Work against violent radicalisation and extremism”: day 1 online

Today the P.B.A. organised in the frame of the partnership YWAVRE started and started online! After countless reflections and doubts, the trainers decided to face the challenge of facilitating this activity. online. Of course, there are limits, but also opportunities and we want to concentrate on collecting the elements of learning and growth of today.

A group rich in experience, passion and motivation met today to build possible future work paths based on a solid sharing of experiences and values.

Involved in associations or local organisation that work for the prevention of violent radicalization have shared the different areas of intervention (religious radicalization, far right extremism, nationalism …), but also and above all the importance of the context in which they work and which they must know in depth.

Today we spoke of the values or “what is guiding us” ​​in the work of preventing violent radicalization (in the various manifestations exemplified above). Very different values, but interconnected with each other. The importance of pacifism as an act of prevention against violent radicalization. Resilience, not as a skill or competence, but as a value that drives the action of the youth worker. Be promoters of positive values ​​and acceptance and appreciation of differences and not be afraid of them. Tolerance. Equality: not all kids/youth have the same opportunities. Working to reduce social inequalities is a goal that can lead to the reduction of violent radicalization as well as extremism.

The dialogue as practice the ability to exercise own rights peacefully. Ambiguity: in the sense of accepting that things have different meanings for different people. We have to exercise our understanding. We don’t have to “label” people: people are much more than the labels they wear or we make them wear.
“People are not part of the problem, but they are part of the solution” and prevention work must focus on the centrality of young people to create conditions of safety and a sense of belonging.

Youth work cannot intervene in this complexity alone, but the cross-sectorial approach becomes fundamental both at micro and macro level.
Much more emerged from the discussions, but this element of the values ​​and skills of the youth worker involved in prevention actions is a crucial theme in the long-term strategy and these elements have contributed greatly to new reflections.

Youth work against Violent Radicalisation: Competencies Development Training_ONLINE

Youth work against Violent Radicalisation: Competencies Development Training_ONLINE

The training will participant time, tools and input about the importance of growing community resilience that support the youth welbeing specially in critical social and political situation. The training, then, provided opportunities of sharing tools, reflecting about needed competencies and develop some of them and, specially, to valorise the experience already done on the field for reinforce the competencies.

During the activity will be introduced the competence model that a research group is validating and that would be used for further training curricula or professional developements in the field of youth work preventing violent radicalisation and extremism.

The role of youth work in this sense, is to activate process of community resilience that will facilitate the empowerment of youth toward situation of violent radicalisation.
Violence and violent radicalisation are phenomena to which youth are exposed and youth workers should develop specific competencies (or reinforce some) to develop a stronger counternarrative that will allow a stronger community resilience embracing them.

The activity is online during these working days: 12/13 October 2020 and 22/23 October 2020 as in this draft programme.

How to participate? Fill in this form by 3rd October 2020

DAY 1 – 12 October DAY 2 – 13 OctoberDAY 3 – 22 OctoberDAY 4 – 23 October
Morning1IntroductionOpeningPresentations (Getting to know the group)Wider context of YWAVRKeynote Invited expert – keynote on Radicalization today and required competencies to work on the themeResults from asynchronous workMy Competences-Self-assessment based on the modelWorkshops:Focusing on competencesOn toolsErasmus+ & ESC
Morning2Building a Common GroundUsing the card game to explore fundamental conceptsSharing our realities: Our work on the theme based on Practices/ Tools/ ApproachesMy organization-role of my organization;– organizational competences & limitations&My Community Competences-How competent is my community to work within such topic– exploring further the concept of community resilience– understanding my communityFollow up:Overall process & Coming opportunities& Networking for future cooperation
Afternoon1Model of Competences Expert intro to the processWorking groups on key areasErasmus+ Sharing how to use the programme and concrete outcomes