In the transformative period spanning from December 2023 to February 2024, significant milestones were achieved within the “Encouraging Positive Youth Development and Inclusive Communities through the Power of Sports – PRECYOUS” project.

Empowering Civil Society Organisations

A cornerstone of our recent endeavors was a specialised training program for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), designed to elevate their potential as training providers in countering and preventing violent extremism (VE). This initiative engaged 40 dedicated individuals in an immersive learning experience. Utilising adult education principles and practices, the training encompassed a rich mix of methodologies including group work, discussions, role-play, and case studies, ensuring a participatory and inclusive educational environment.

Capacity Building for Municipal Authorities

Following the successful inauguration of two Social Action Youth and Sports Hubs (SAYSHs) in October 2023, our focus shifted towards enhancing the operational capabilities of municipal authorities to manage these centres effectively. This strategic move is aimed at ensuring the sustainability and impact of SAYSHs as dynamic spaces for youth engagement and community development. Through comprehensive training sessions, municipal authorities were acquainted with the nuances of countering violent extremism (CVE), equipped with the knowledge to better assess community needs, and trained in fostering collaborations across sectors to create integrated service delivery models.

Strengthening Sports Professionals’ Role in VE Prevention

Another highlight was the targeted capacity-building workshops for sports professionals, aimed at harnessing their pivotal role in the early detection and prevention of VE. Out of the planned four workshops, two were successfully conducted, laying the groundwork for sports mentors to become key players in the prevention framework. These sessions were designed to enhance the ability of sports professionals to recognise potential indicators of VE among youth and to actively contribute to mitigation efforts as well as plan and create interactive activities that will be interesting for young people to be engaged in and learn more about what is VE and how they can recognise and take action to reduce and/or prevent this occurrence.

Looking Ahead

As we move forward, the PRECYOUS project remains committed to its mission of leveraging sports as a powerful tool for positive youth development and the cultivation of inclusive communities. These activities underscore our belief in the transformative potential of sports and education in shaping a more cohesive and resilient society. Together, we are laying the foundation for a future where every young individual has the opportunity to thrive in a supportive and inclusive community.



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