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 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.