Youth – Active Citizens in Building Local 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 have an implementation partner (Women’s Forum Prijepolje). The project will hold four educational workshops on the importance of active participation of youth in local community building and public policy decision-making, including at least 60 high school students. The project will implement a corresponding media campaign on these issues, creating three TV shows, four TV clips and one TV spot. The aim is to engage young people in active civic education, as many students receive little civic education in school, or learn only theory rather than hands-on learning and practical skills.
Prijepolje is a municipality in Sandzak that is quite different form the more often visited Novi Pazar. It has a fairly even balance of Bosniaks (Muslims) and Serbs (Orthodox Christians), as well as Montenegrins. It therefore provides an opportunity to engage on civic education with youth in a different demographic environment, to better understand what young people think about their role in community, and mechanisms to prevent anti-social behaviour.