Radical drifts within Muslim communities are a risk and a problem that needs to be faced consciously.
Non-profit organizations and grassroots movements are powerful actors, but often lack the proper resources and expertise to produce more and quality counter- and alternative narratives. Thus, OPEN intends to raise awareness and empower credible voices and social mediators related to OPEN’s cultural framework on online communication and the major features of local Muslim communities and radical propaganda in the reference geographic frameworks.
OPEN offers free training opportunities in Rome, Nice, Berlin, Elche and Strasbourg. Training is going to be developed on the basis of the latest researches and studies produced within and outside the OPEN project. It will not be only about the main characteristics of the Islamic radicalization in Europe, but also about how non-profit organizations can become active in countering extremist propaganda with low budgets.
Small labs in schools and Youth Centres
Community practitioners emphasise the importance of working with children, in the pre-adolescent age or early adolescence in areas at risk of radicalization to lay the foundations of youth involvement in sensitive societal issues such as extremism. Close cooperation with schools/ youth centers will help make youth interventions more effective and will involve a larger part of the community in tackling radicalization online.
2 laboratories (3 hours each) will be implemented in schools and youth centers in Rome, Nice, Berlin, Strasbourg, and Elche.
If you would like to organize OPEN labs in your school/Youth center/ your organization, click here and fill in this form.
Street education and outreach events
Informal street events are entrusted organized in Rome, Nice, Berlin, Strasbourg, and Elche.
They will take place in public places (such as a street or a square where the target group usually meets informally) as well as private sites (e.g. supermarkets, religious centers).
In these events, partners will use informal teaching methods (e.g. games, roleplaying) to spread the voice and raise awareness about the problems behind radical drifts among European Muslim communities. Cultural mediators and operators will deliver useful information on the themes highlighted in the project and a reminder card with all the references to videos and social networks will be distributed.
To learn more about the outreach event, click here and fill in this form!