Preventing Radicalism among European Pals

 Erasmus + Program
 Four European project schools

Description

Through the last 15 years, there has been a change in the way young people view the world. In a way, social media has made the world seem smaller, and most people think that they have a better understanding of the world because anyone can share their opinion quickly and easily on the internet. However, what most people do not realise is that many young people have become less inclined to meet and share ideas with other young people because everyone tends to be confined to the same circles. The consequence is that we have a generation of young people that do not feel a need to meet other young people physically and therefore miss out on one vital thing, namely that it is in the physical meeting that gives the final touch of actually understanding each other. In our opinion, this lack of communication is a potential root of radicalism which is an increasing problem in our society. In plain words, we want to prevent radicalism by making our students meet in real life and by teaching them about the motives for radicalism and how to prevent it.
Radicalism can be seen as a process by which an individual or a group adopt increasingly extreme political, social or religious ideals that reject or undermine the contemporary ideas of the society. We therefore find it extremely important to find new, creative methods to implement multicultural understanding and personal development for students in our schools. Social entrepreneurships can be an effective method for finding ways for inclusion of socially challenged groups.
Radicalism is a problem both on an individual and on society level. In this project we want to explore new creative methods for individual development in school environments to prevent the problem increasing in society. By working against prejudices and towards cultural inclusion we can find innovative methods for preventing radicalism in the learning environment. Hence, if we can create learning environments where radicalism is looked down upon, we can make a difference in society. Furthermore, the project includes activities of testing and implementation of innovative practices in education according to social inclusion and preventing radicalism. Thereby, professional teachers in the project will achieve new qualifications to prepare and deploy the education for equity, diversity and inclusion challenges in the learning environment and continue the work after the project period. The activities will facilitate recognition and validation of knowledge, skills and competences through both formal, non-formal and informal learning by issuing critical thinking and recognizing fake news. Thus, the participants will learn how and why different groups produce false information and how to recognize it.