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Challenges of Interculturalism – How to get to know one another?
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 (Belgrade Open School), addresses issues of interculturalism in a country with a dominant majority, yet significant ethnic and linguistic diversity. Issues of exclusion, alienation and marginalization are factors widely recognized as playing a role in leading some people to gravitate towards extremist nationalist or religious groups, to seek a sense of belonging that they do not find in broader society. Twenty-five people, 14 to 20 years of age, will be selected from various religious and ethnic groups, to participate in an educational program culminating in an “Intercultural Day” event in selected schools. The full program will include training in the challenges and benefits of interculturalism, and will include outings to relevant sites including religious objects, cultural heritage sites and national minority councils. The full program will also result in 6 project concept documents on topics including the role of interculturalism in the Serbian education system as part of a policy framework document.