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Uniting with Educators and Parents to Identify and Prevent Youth Radicalization

September 27, 2017



A seminar for teachers, pedagogues and psychologists of high schools in Sandžak was held in Sjenica from 16th to 18th July 2017. The lectures, discussions and workshops involved 15 participants. The main purpose was to equip the educators with the tools to recognize and respond to early warning signs of radicalization of the youth, as well as to instruct educators on how to further disseminate this knowledge to parents of the youth.

In order to achieve that goal, the project team chose 3 lecturers of different professional backgrounds. Those were: sociologist Srdjan Barisic, political scientist Pavel Domonji and psychologist Jarmila Bujak Stanko. The seminar topics were divided into 3 categories: General concepts and the role of education in prevention of extremism, Deconstruction of narratives in prevention of extremism and Recognition and apprehension of de-radicalization processes among the youth.

The seminar was conducted in such a manner that firstly more general topics were introduced and then it paid attention to more specific topics. First session led by Srdjan Barisic was dedicated to the understanding of basic concepts such as: radicalism, extremism, conservatism and differences between violent and non-violent extremism. Political scientist Pavel Domonji spoke about forms of extremism based on different ideologies, and then a discussion followed and it was about the counter-narrative, promotion of tolerance and the role of informal education in prevention of extremism and development of critical thinking among the youth.

On the second day of the seminar, psychologist Jarmila Bujak Stanko held a workshop whose main aim was to train the participants to recognize the early signs of radicalization among the students and to act preventively.

During the seminar, it was discussed about the role of different factors on the radicalization of the youth and one of those factors are the economic and social conditions. One of the participants said that young people from Sandžak are “closed” and that many of them did not have a chance to travel and meet other people and their tradition. They identified as one of the problems various incidents at the sports field where nationalist, chauvinist and extremist attitudes are often being expressed. The youth is being radicalized at sport`s stadiums, according to one of the participants. Professors said that they do not have the opportunity to talk with their student about these topics. The reason behind it is the fear of teachers of the reaction of the student’s parents.

“Uniting with Educators and Parents to Identify and Prevent Youth Radicalization” is the pilot project in Serbia and it is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.















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