The School of Vojvodina
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 (Center for Development of Civil Society), will contribute to developing a more resilient community, able to address problems related to violence and extremism in their midst. In small communities with substantial ethnic diversity, difference is often used as a barrier that not only creates inter-group tensions, but limits the awareness of and possibility for joint civic action that would benefit all community residents. The partner will conduct intercultural training for a group of 21 young people from the Serbian, Hungarian and Ruthenian ethnic communities living in this part of Vojvodina – a region with a recent history of inter-group violent incidents. The training will be based on a specially created curriculum made by a team of academic experts and Temerin school representatives. Participants will be asked to confront their own views and perceptions about their community, and to learn to articulate a vision for new ideas, policies and practices in their community that could improve community life. Questionnaires for evaluating social distance will be filled out by the participants before and after the event. The partner will also produce a publicly available short film about the activities and promote the training across traditional and social media, to provide a model for engagement in other parts of Serbia.