Radicalisation Awareness Network: Call for Participants

The Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) is holding an online meeting on 24 and 25 September (1 pm-4:30 pm CET), and they are currently looking for participants! The RAN Youth and Education meeting will focus specifically on polarised (Post-)COVID narratives.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, narratives blaming people of specific nationalities or religions for the crisis arose. Such narratives have the power to divide youth in society and can become the breeding ground of radicalisation. With this meeting RAN aims to equip youth workers and teachers with the tools and methods to deal with polarising narratives among the children and youth they work with.

Call for Participants

RAN is looking for youth workers, school counsellors, teachers, and principals among others, who have experienced polarised narratives whether it be at youth centres, online, and/or in the virtual classroom. During the meeting, teachers and youth workers will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges they face with children and youth concerning this topic. The main outcome of the meeting will feed into a post-COVID Q&A Handbook against polarisation.

Some questions that will be asked are: Which polarising narratives do teachers and youth workers encounter in their classroom and their work? How to respond as a teacher or youth worker to hateful statements or narratives in the classroom/among children and teenagers? How to educate children and teenagers about these sensitive themes? And how to deal with fake news or conspiracy theories that are related to COVID specifically?

If you have experienced any related challenges, we invite you to send your motivation to the Radicalisation Awareness Network to take part in the meeting. Note that the organisation requires you to complete their survey, as this will help them find the best-suited participants.

Deadline

Fill in the survey before 18 August. Keep in mind that only 30 participants will be accepted, therefore, participation is not guaranteed. Note that the webinar on the outcomes of this meeting will take place in December 2020, and will allow for more participants to participate.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Pomme Woltman (p.woltman@radaradvies.nl) and Annelies Jansen (a.jansen@radaradvies.nl).

European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network Education Meets in Göteborg

Jaco Stoop Association

On February 24-25, the European Commission's Radicalisation Awareness Network Education Working Group (RAN EDU) held a meeting to discuss the role of teachers and schools in preventing radicalisation leading to violent extremism (PVE). The two-day meeting included presentations, discussions and several workshops, and was attended by almost 50 teachers and education professionals from across Europe, many of whom were history and citizenship educators. EuroClio Network Coordinator Jaco Stoop was also present at the meetings.

The role of history and citizenship education in preventing radicalisation was widely recognized by the participants. There was a strong sense of urgency, as both right-wing and Islamist extremism are on the rise in many European countries.

During the discussions, some teachers stressed the need for more inclusive curricula, while acknowledging at the same time that teachers are already burdened with too many tasks and responsibilities. Teachers are being perceived as "first responders", but they are not always well equipped to address the challenges they are presented with. The most important takeaway of the meetings was that European governments should invest more in training of teachers in dealing with subjects such as tolerance and radicalisation, as well as in providing additional professional support for teachers and schools.

The Radicalisation Awareness Network brings together practitioners from around Europe working on the prevention of radicalisation. The working group on Education focuses on the need to better equip teachers so they can play a crucial role in preventing radicalisation. Last year, together with educators from all over Europe, the working group drafted the Manifesto for Education - Empowering educators and schools, which outlines the responsibilities of educators, schools, partners and governments in preventing radicalisation within education. Within the context of Inclusion and Diversity, EuroClio is committed to making history, heritage and citizenship education more inclusive and responsible, so that it can contribute to preventing radicalisation. Specific recommendations regarding history, heritage and citizenship education are included in the Helsingor Declarationdrafted during the EuroClio Annual Conference of 2015 in Denmark.