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NEW CALL: Community of Practice

NEW CALL: Community of Practice

Deadline extended!

In the frame of Youth Work against Violent Radicalisation and Extremism, French National Agency of Erasmus + programme and Salto EuroMed RC, on behalf of the Network, are launching a new call for create a Community of Practice that will gather practitionaires who would like to share their experiences, tools and methodology about youth work preventing violent radicalisation.

The Community of Practice will be a space not only of/for sharing but also to co-create content, methods or tools that could be implemented and contribute to the YWAVRE long term strategy.

The Community of Practice is aiming to gather practitionaire, youth workers, researchers, social media specialist, community representatives, teachers.. so wider and diverse group that can contribute in reaching out the main aim working and contributing from diverse perspectives and provide broader scope of experiences and competencies.

In this sense, the Community of Practice is open to a broader geographical scope.

Due the ongoing situation, some actitivities will be run online, but there are foreseen possibilities of face to face meetings too.

If you are interested and you would like to have more information, please read the full call here above and apply! (Link for the application in the call)

Deadline 16 April 2021 by 18.00

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


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.