YOUTH LEADERS AGAINST EXTREMISM

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The Training Course “Youth Against Extremism”
Venue: Fethiye, Mugla Turkey
Date: 4th-9th November 2018 (plus 2 days for travel,in total 8 days between 4th–11th November 2018)
Participants: 32 youth workers&leaders and volunteers from 10 countries: Sweden, Turkey, Finland,
Norway, Denmark, Romania, Spain, Bulgaria, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands
. The European Union is pioneer and great promoter of diversity, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue by its core values of freedom, equity, democracy, diversity , tolerance and active citizenship. Many different cultures, languages and nations are living in peace. However, we are observing spread of extremism and xenophobia among youth nowadays. European societies embracing refugees and migrants, but there is also lack of knowledge of new cultures among host socieities. This phenomenon finds its reflexion in anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim attitudes, in racism and rise of populism . Now, "migration crisis" which heavily affects European societies emerges the quick need for helping refugees and all other vulnerable groups is even more noticeable, especially in Scandaniva as well as Turkey which hosts highest number of refugees.
There has been witnessed an increase in attacks on foreigners as well as changing tactis of radicals and extremists to gain more support from youth by different popular mobilization movements. Unfortunately, this trend seems to be getting even worse if we dont take action and take steps as active citizens.
Taking into account all of the above, youthworkers and educators in Europe encounter serious challenges. This Training Course aims to present and provide tools and innovative methods of nonformal learning to combat with extremism and youth radicalisation.
Therefore, the specific objectives of the proposed "Youth Against Extremism and Radicalization " training course are as follows:
- To furnish youth workers and leaders with tools and innovative methods to work with young people vulnerable to radicalization.
- To analyze what are the main reasons and results for the rise of Extremism and Radicalization in different European countries
- To re-explore the key concepts, such as stereotypes, prejudices, discrimination, extremism, intolerance and their transformation in European reality
- To provide space to youth workers to exchange experience in promoting of intercultural and interreligious cooperation
- To share the best practices and methods and to find new to address the problem of youth radicalization for develeping new projects for local communities.
- To explore the potential of international youth mobility as an opportunity for youth to promote European values.
- To promote active citizenship, international dialogue, non-formal education and creative skills of participants.
- To establish a network of organizations and individuals for future cooperation to develop new projects promoting tolerance and multiculturalism
- To create follow-up projects on promotion of tolerant attitude towards different cultures and religions among youth, especially among those with fewer opportunities.
We will use non-formal education methods and creative approach in the course, and all activities will be focused exclusively on participants. Various non-formal tools will simulate the maximum possible educational environment for participants, which have a great impact on the development of the project and the organization of daily activities.
By the project participants will gain new skills, competences and abilities to promote tolerance by increase of intercultural and interreligious dialogue in homogeneous societies and their specific local context as well as combat the radicalization of young people by identifying new ways of addressing the problem of the radicalization. This will lead them to introduce new methods and approaches to work with youth in their local communities.
In addition, training will boost partnerships between the participating organizations, providing a concrete base for cooperation in future activities in order to promote intercultural and interreligious dialogue within EU and beyond. During the training session of developing project ideas activities for the future, will function as inspiration for future activities. As participants draw on new forms of collaboration with young people at risk of radicalization, their target groups will enjoy participation in projects and activities as well as new and innovative methods and instruments.
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