Erasmus+ – Youth Against Extremism and Radicalization

“Youth Against Extremism and Radicalization” is a two-stage international youth exchange project which aims to gather 35 young people from 5 countries (Hungary, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey and Estonia) and empower them to fight against extremism and radicalization. Violent extremism and radicalization is a denial of democracy and of human rights. Unfortunately in Europe and beyond an increasing number of young people are being drawn into extremist movements in their search for identity and a meaningful place in society. Profound feelings of injustice and frustration about their social exclusion are amongst the main root causes contributing to young people’s vulnerability, and increase their willingness to adhere to extremist, sometimes violent groups, which offer an apparent social purpose to them. In order to effectively commit to the elimination of radicalization and extremism, it is crucial to invest more in prevention measures targeting young people. Youth engagement activities form a cornerstone as youth can engage their peers on par , taking advantage of their own life stories.

Overall aims & Objectives: The main aim of this two-stage Youth Exchange “Youth Against Extremism and Radicalization” is to create a platform where young people will demystify the concepts of radicalization and extremism, become more aware of processes and risks leading to radicalization and extremism and be empowered to engage in anti-extremism and deradicalization efforts both individually and collectively within their local communities in general and among refugees and migrant communities in particular. One journey: 2 stages! The first stage will take place in Armenia (28 June – 7 July 2018) where participants will explore the subject, its challenges and opportunities. In between the first and the second stage participants will do research and observation in their local communities to find useful insights and opportunities for combating radicalization and extremism. The second stage of the exchange, which will take place in Hungary (11-18 September 2018) will gather insights, learning, inspirations and experience of participants from their local communities and translate them into concrete de-radicalization and anti-extremism quality youth projects to be carried out under Erasmus + Programme.

 

Objectives of the first stage:

Youth Exchange in Armenia (28 June – 7 July 2018)

– Explore the concept of radicalization and extremism among youth

– Explore the root causes for radicalization and extremism.

– Analyze the current situation and risks facing young people today, particularly young people among refugees/asylum seekers and migrants.

– Explore common European Values of tolerance, pluralism, nondiscrimination, justice, solidarity and democracy and how youth can embrace and promote them in their local communities.

– Decide themes, topics and methods of the Youth Exchange Activity in Hungary

– Form teams from participants to do research and observation in their local communities in order to find useful insights and opportunities for combating radicalization and extremism.

 

Objectives of the second stage:

Youth Exchange in Hungary (11-18 September 2018) – Provide opportunities to share good practices in fighting extremism and radicalization.

– Gather insights, learning, inspirations and experience of participants from their local communities and translate them into concrete project ideas.

– Equip participants with knowledge and skills in the field of project management in order to enable them to develop quality youth projects.

– Promote Erasmus + Programme and explain how young people can be involved in it.

– Develop concrete projects to be applied under Erasmus + Programme

– Transfer knowledge and skills through developing and publishing online a booklet “Young People Against Radicalization and Extremism”

 

The project is in line with Erasmus + Programme objectives and the refined goals of EU member states and the European Commission aiming to make stronger use of the Framework for cooperation in education and training (ET2020) to develop fresh activities designed to promote European values. The project is also linked to the objectives of this specific key action in terms of fostering inclusion and tackling the root causes of radicalisation targeting refugee/asylum seekers and migrants crisis in line with ‘European Agenda on Migration’ and supporting young people to acquire skills and competences that improve personal development and inter-cultural skills raising awareness of other cultures and countries, building international contacts and active participation.

 

Partners:

Európai Hallgatók Hálózatának Egyesülete (AEGEE-Budapest), Hungary

“Youth Life” Educational NGO, Armenia

Active Youth Union, Georgia

Uluslararasi Defne Gençlik Eğitim Derneği, Turkey

Mtü Sara, Éstonia

 

The location and the date for the double exchange:

Activity 1 – Youth Exchange, Yerevan, Armenia, 28 June – 7 July 2018

Application: https://goo.gl/forms/SkDH0Cy5mspP2ZLq2

Deadline: 11.05.2018 12:00 CET

 

Activity 2 – Youth Exchange, Budapest, Hungary, 11 – 18 September 2018

Application: https://goo.gl/forms/PpURHGixM2P8bUV12

 

For further information contact with us: erasmusproject@aegee-budapest.hu.