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Belgium: behind the scene, study visit, Pannel

Belgium: behind the scene, study visit, Pannel

During the first working day, participants had the possibility to get an overall introduction about the situation and political approach about Radicalisation in Belgium.

First speakers of the Panel was Madeleine Guyot, children rights advisor for the French Speaking Belgium Community. She was introducing the

The second panelist was Silke Jaiminé: PhD on the constitution of counter-radicalisation policies at the local level in Belgium from an anthropological perspective at KU Leuven (IMMRC) and ULB. She worked on the role of the local policies in countering radicalisation. As the security is demanded to the local authorities, so for this reason naturally the local authorities became the referents point and responsibles for facing radicalisation of the youth in their territorities.

The third one who was closing was Danois Kenger from the University of Ghent. He put the focus on the importance of the role of context when we speak about radicalisation and specially the politicisation of radicalisation. Sometime the focus on radicalisation, doen’t allow to see the complex picture about youth and their challenges and their needs. He was suggesting to move from the topic of radilisation to the one of polarisation.

Youth work in Belgium plays a very important role at the local communities level and is a true added value in community developement. The youth workers are facing challeges in the new political and legal status. During the coming days, we are going to meet these youth workers and we are going to dicuss with them about their work, sucess and practises and their vision about radicalisation. This is very sensitive and political topic and make youth work political too. But we can not avoid to discuss about this topic even if ambigiouse because challenge our understanding of the reality, terms or our experience as youth workers about this topic.

There is a lot more to learn during this study visit about youth work role in preventing violent radicalisation, but also about our understanding of youth work values and added values when we came to radicalisation.

Federica Demicheli

Belgium behind the scene

Belgium behind the scene

Today is the first day of the Study Visit in Belgium. Twenty one participants from Program Countries and the Neighbouring Regions are metting for four working days sharing their working experiences, but also meeting youth workers and visiting projects in the area. Tomorrow we will visit MOVE project, The Street Caravan, Youth Center “Le Bazar”, Youth Center “Foyer des Jeunes des Marolles”. On Thursday 17th, we are going to move to Mechelen for visiting there several projects: De schijf, Stassaert, ROJM, INFORMATION OFFICER (POLICE).

The Study Visit is fostering reflection about the role of youth work in preveting phase, but also a self reflection about the youth workers’ competencies needed in this complex field of work.

Which are these competencies? Does non formal education has a specific role and which is its impact?

Follow us during this week!

Radicalisation of Youth?! – Conference in Bratislava

Radicalisation of Youth?! – Conference in Bratislava

Lana Pasic and Dariusz Grzemny are opening the Conference held in Bratislava discussing the understanding of radicalisation and the role of youth work.

Dariusz is raising a very important question about the fact that being radical for youth can be positive as this can lead toward a social change, can bring to innovation, can lead to revolution. Radicalisation is very political as topic and for this reason sometime youth work prefers not being associate to.

Radical is not a negative as such, but the issue that we are analysing is when for promoting specific values or topics somebody use violence. Radicalisation that is leading to violence acts is then craetion social instability.

Which kind of methods are the most interesting ones for fight or overcome violent radicalisation? The speakers are sharing with the audice the importance of the narrative and share the experience in first person as methodology that can intercept the attention, the feelings and the understanding of the audice and specially with youth work.

During these three working days, we will explore several angle of radicalisation and path that have been raised by youth workers, youth policy developements and researchers.

Violent Radicalisation

Violent Radicalisation

“Youth work against Violent Radicalisation: competencies developement” in Macerata brought twenty-four participants to visit two NGOs in Macerata that are running projects for supporting the community and including migrants and asylum seekers.

Le Friches organisation is promoting local youth work and projects that are supporting the citizens to “feel back” their communities, they create spaces for common living. During the visit the participants had the opportunity to get to know in detail the different projects that the organization was running. And how throught a process of co-creation of public spaces with children, they could engage their families and other community members to develop the sense of belonging and ownership to their community.

This approach based on the development of community participation on the public space was an interesting and innovative approach to work on the theme of preveting violent radicalization and building community resilience.

GUS was presenting their work with asylum seekers and migrants at local level. The organisation is very active since the fact that happened in Macerata. Beneficiarias were victimis in the shooting and GUS activeted serveral services for supporting them, but also for providing inclusive answers to the local community. GUS is active working for provide spaces of open dialogue among the different parts of the communities and to bridge them. Community resilience is an important topic for their local work.

The field visit provided the opportunity to better understand the link among the impact of political and social context on creating condition of radicalisation leading to violence.


Which are the challenges that youth workers are facing preventing violent radicalisation

Which are the challenges that youth workers are facing preventing violent radicalisation

In Macerata started the second training day discussing the “challenges of youth work preventing violent radicalisation”. Youth workers from more than 20 different countries shared and confronted their daily experience and their challenges.

The lack of clarity and agreements about the national and local priorities is a challenge as doen’t allow to provide youth worker a clear framework of work, This is also creating and supporting, often, feeling of insecurity and fears within the local communities. The topic of violent radicalisation, in fact, it is very sensitive and often connected with personal experiences, prejudices and sometime a not deep undertanding of the topic as such.

The local authorities as well local institutions not always offer support to the youth work initiatives and role in the frame of preventing work, This is supported by a fragile legal system in some countries when comes to speak about radicalisation: the focus is more on security rather than prevention in general.

Among challenges, youth workers mentioned the personal and professional developement how to provide answer to these challenges.

Competencies are needed to tranform the individual and community approach toward this topic. Competencies are needed to develop community resilience for strengh the youth and empower their critical thinking and have their indipendet thoughts.

Critical thinking: which is the connection with youth work preventing violent radicalisation

Critical thinking: which is the connection with youth work preventing violent radicalisation

During the first day of the training course “Youth work against violent radicalisation: competencies developement”, we had the opportunity to meet and listen the input from Tatiana Petrovich Njegosh. The input was presenting an interesting reflection about the ambiguity of definitions about violent radicalisations provided also by many institutions. Definitions are already provide a vision of world, an understanding of the context.

Violent Radicalisation is not only a phenomena linked what is common understood to Islamic religion or to any other kind of belif, but it is linked to the understanding of local communities, society about the complexity that we are living. Violent Radicalisation is linked with “fears”, with the contraposition among US and THEM. In each moment we can become US or THEM following different historical moments, social conditions or the “lents” that each of us is wearing to loot at reality.

The opinion is based on informations, not always we have the right information, or not always we have the tools for understand what is behond the surface.

Youth work should foster critical thinking and going behod the surface for create a community that is more resilience for the youth to grown in.
Prof. Tatiana Petrovich Njegosh was stressing the importance to have a critical regard on the reality, on social facts and to investigate and strengh our competencies as youth workers in this sense.


Youth work against violent radicalisation: competencied developement

Youth work against violent radicalisation: competencied developement

In Macerata we are starting a new training activity in the cycle of the long term strategy about the role of youth work and the specific competencies that youth workers should develop when they are asked to work about the complext topic of radicalisation and violence.

Twenty-four participants from Europe, South East Europe, East Europe and Caucasus and South Med countries are going to work for the next 4 days about their professional developement and they will share their practises with local NGOs in Macerata too.

We will work on competence model about youth work preventing violent radicalisation and this work will lead to further research about the model and the training tools.


Some voices from the Seminar in Tirana: sharing tools

Some voices from the Seminar in Tirana: sharing tools

The seminar ended already some weeks ago, but still there are many discussions and exchanges about tools and experiences done during this week in Tirana.

We had the opportunity to share our educational tools as youth workers dealing with radicalisation, extremism of different kinds and we had many reflections about how we will work, react, feel.

Here Anna workshop presentation about Zombi and Vlado feedback about it.

Building young people’s resilience against violent radicalisation: a new video of shared practises

Building young people’s resilience against violent radicalisation: a new video of shared practises

“ Building young people’s resilience against violent radicalisation: The role of informal safe spaces to  have difficult but respectful  conversations within the formal  educational environment.

Here the video interview about his experience and the practises presented during the Seminar: Building young people’s resilience against violent radicalisation, in Tirana.

Practises Presentation by NIK_UK

 

Preventing Radicalization through Youthwork: from theory to practice. Final thoughts, feelings, impressions

Preventing Radicalization through Youthwork: from theory to practice. Final thoughts, feelings, impressions

‘Do you think that you could implement in your own setting some of the good practices that you saw during the seminar?’

Suddenly there was silence. We were playing the ‘statement game’, an interactive evaluation tool, where participants are asked to show how much they agree or disagree with a statement by positioning themselves in the one or the other side of the room. Some minutes before, the group had stated unanimously how useful it had been hearing about other people’s success stories and visiting local organizations in Tirana. So, what are the constraints making us hesitant over how to translate ideas into practice?

It has become understood that the prevention and combat of radicalization calls for a cross-sectorial approach, based on a coherent, community-oriented methodology, with full awareness of both the sensitivity and the multifacetedness of the subject. In this process, youthwork should be involved in the agenda in a regular, consistent and sustainable manner, so that it can have a concrete, tangible and long-term effect. The discussions throughout the seminar, both in the plenary and during the field visits, showed that there is still a lot to be done on how to bridge the gap between theory and practice, research/needs analysis and local action, youth policy and grassroots youthwork. Although there is an international will to tackle radicalization, what is still lacking in many countries, especially in the western Balkan region, is a concrete, comprehensive and cohesive agenda, based on a youth-oriented strategy and evidence-based methodology. Consequently, it is beyond doubt there is gain in collecting and exchanging good practices, which can allow us to have access to information and tools on what is available, what can be adopted and how we can work with each other in order to have better results.
Participants conveyed through their answers their motivation to work on reducing these gaps through their own role and on finding ways to overcome challenges. The last session of the seminar focused on addressing our own fears and constraints, developing strategies on how to communicate our work, finding partners to support our follow-up projects and learning from each other. Radicalization grows and feeds itself within group dynamics, therefore preventing it is also a matter of collective work.

By Mary Drosopulos, PhD (c )