Project place: Kumanovo, Macedonia
Project dates: 5 – 9 March 2019
Application deadline: URGENT CALL!
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The project is a long-term partnership between organizations from the UK – Peshkar Productions Limited, Belgium – Out of the Box International and Macedonia – Center for Intercultural Dialogue, and it aims on tackling radicalization in the modern technology era.
Young people as a crucial community, today use the digital landscape to revolutionize, inspire and express themselves. But with the digital era, young people are facing a new storm of unique challenges connected to misinformation, misguidance and risk of radicalization.
But social media offers profound opportunities to generate innovative media content that can be used across all media formats and environments to promote positive role models and counteract the mis-information campaigns of violent extremism and terrorism.
This is where the youth professionals and youth workers are the ones to adjust their approaches, and use the appropriate tools, resources and training if they are to respond and repel this advancing menace.
This project specifically addresses this, and its main aim is to increase capacity of youth organisations to combat extremism and violent radicalization in the online sphere, by developing methodological approaches and tools that will support their work in inspiring young people to create positive and alternative content online.
As part of the project itself, the following things have been developed:
- Study: “Radicalisation in Online sphere- forms and prevention practices”
- Handbook: Developing Alternative Narratives Through Youth Work
- Digital Stories: Videos of Personal stories and statistics as a counter narrative
ABOUT THE SEMINAR
The seminar will be using different sets of non-formal educational approaches, and the programme will be participatory, creating a space for sharing and exchange among the participants and facilitators.
The seminar will be led by an experienced facilitator in the field of youth work and radicalization, that has an extensive background in radicalization in Macedonia and the Balkans.
This seminar itself is a 5 day mobility and it will be hosted in Kumanovo – a town in the north-eastern part of Macedonia that is ethnically and culturally diverse, and it is considered to be one of the hot-spots for radicalizations in Macedonia.
During the seminar the participants will go through the methodologies and methods developed in the previous stages of the project, and will explore the handbook and the digital stories produced.
Throughout the course of the seminar participants will explore:
-Violent Radicalisation (definition, forms and practices)
-Community activism and collaboration among various actors in combating radicalisation;
-Online platforms and social media tools to use for alternative narration;
-Praxis (developing alternative narratives (digital stories, blog) on a identified content promoting violent extremism online)
The seminar will also promote the importance of cross-sectoral cooperation on combating radicalization online and offline.
- Have over 18 years (no upper age limit);
- Is able to communicate in English;
- Experienced in working with young people or/and the topic of radicalization;
- Is willing to work on their personal and professional development;
- Interested in the topic of combating radicalization and creating alternative narratives;
- Able to attend the entire duration of the seminar;
- Resident of Belgium, the UK or Macedonia;
- Willing to share their experience with the other participants.
ACCOMMODATION and FINANCES:
All costs related to accommodation and food will be covered by the hosting organization.
Participants will be accommodated in shared rooms of 2 or 3 people, with their own private bathroom.
Travel costs will be reimbursed up to 275 euros for participants from Belgium, up to 360 for participants from the UK, and up to 30 euros for participants from Macedonia.
Travel costs will be reimbursed only after presenting the original tickets, boarding passes and invoices to the organizers (CID).
The project is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.
NO PARTICIPATION FEE.