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Play and Foster Youth for Tolerance and Understanding
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 (Helsinki Committee for Human Rights) is focused on a core group of youth participants, but will provide useful information that could be critical to the development and integration of similar opportunities and experiences to more students in the Novi Pazar area (ideally through the formal school/curriculum), to reach and inoculate a broader segment of the population against the lure of extremism. The project engages a core group of 20 young people to participate in a 4-day workshop consisting of theoretical sessions and creative expression workshops. The core group will organize five peer-to-peer debates in Student Parliaments in their schools to engage with up to 200 young people, concluding with a debate on radicalization and violent extremism, and the links to issues including tolerance, interculturalism and citizenship.