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Active Youth for Secure Community
December 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018
This project is part of the broader project funded by the British Embassy in Belgrade “Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization Threats in Serbia through Community-Based Early Warning and Preventive Engagement”. The latter is aimed at establishing and consolidating a foundation for efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism and radicalization that can lead to terrorism (VERLT) in Serbia. Preventing and countering VERLT is recognized as a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach in the global fight against terrorism to which the Government of Serbia is committed. The project encompasses three themes of research, in specific: support to community policing/municipal safety councils (MSCs), intercultural education and civic participation and engagement (civic education).
This specific project, implemented by the selected implementation partner (Forum 10), has at its core the critical need to build trust between young people in Novi Pazar and local police bodies, including the MSC. Novi Pazar has faced special challenges in community policing, and efforts to improve trust and accountability are critical to ensuring young people are a partner in preventing anti-social behaviour, including radicalization. The project will create an educational platform for young people on the issue of security, developing their civic education skills and competences as well as encouraging healthy relationships with the government security institutions of Novi Pazar. It will achieve this through organizing public discussions in secondary schools on local safety issues and response options, workshops for related skills-building to ensure young people have the voice and ability to ensure their concerns are included in the MSC’s work, and roundtable discussions for young people with local and state level stakeholders.