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Czech Republic

The CONCORDIA project

The CONCORDIA project

Harnessing the power of digital media tools to prevent the radicalisation of vulnerable youth

In Europe today there are a wide range of situations and circumstances where extremist narratives have emerged as powerful and destructive tools used by religious fanatics, terrorists and those espousing radical political views to radicalize vulnerable youth. Indeed, it is clear that the range of situations and circumstances where radicalization can occur increases with every economic downturn; every incident of racial hatred or homophobic abuse; every new migrant or refugee crisis.

The CONCORDIA Project consortium comprises 8 partners representing 8 Member States. It is led by Jugendförderverein Parchim/Lübz e.V. from Germany who are supported by Asociatia pentru Educatie si Dezvoltare Durabila from Romania; Die Kärntner Volkshochschulen from Austria; Centrum inspirace from the Czech Republic; Future In Perspective from Ireland; Etudes Et Chantiers Corsica from France; SYNTHESIS Centre for Research and Education from Cyprus and Innoventum Oy from Finland.

While it is widely accepted that teenage years can be a particularly hard time for some young people in the vast majority of cases issues that arise are of a transient nature and the young people in question with appropriate supports successfully negotiate the pitfalls. For a small minority these challenges persist and are often further exacerbated by a lack of positive role models and feelings of alienation from their peer group. For this cohort of vulnerable youth the path to an inclusive and rewarding life can be somewhat obscured. Educational under-achievement most often leads to social exclusion and multi-faceted disadvantage and in a small number of cases young adolescents on the margins of society and economy are being attracted to extremist groups enticed by the false promises of Neo-Nazi or “Islamic State” ideologies.

website:
https://www.concordia.website/en/home/

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VETcontra

VETcontra

Vocational schools, secondary schools and vocational training institutions are often confronted with learners coming from different social, cultural or racial backgrounds. Under these circumstances, it happens often that frictions arise that are born out of prejudice, low self esteem and latent xenophobia. When such problems emerge and difficulties escalate, and when young people do not see positive perspectives, a critical minority, but in rising numbers, is attracted by extremist ideologies, such as Neo-Nazi groups or the djihadist movement of the „Islamic State“.

The Radicalisation Awareness Network of the European Commission states that „the best prevention is to stop people from getting involved in violent extremist or terrorist activities in the first place, or to convince them to turn away from such ideas and methods…. The people best placed to tackle the phenomenon of radicalisation are the so called first-liners – people in direct contact with targeted individuals or vulnerable groups of population.“

Teachers and trainers – the called „first-liners“ above – need therefore new skills and competences to be better prepared to deal with intercultural tensions between diverse groups of learners and detect, at an early stage, indicators of radicalisation among their learners. We will raise their awareness and identify initiatives, best practice examples and tools that help them do their work better, to find out who is at risk and the best way of helping people who need support. What tools

and methods are available and most effective to provide this support? Who has undergone traumatic experience and shows a behaviour that is a consequence of post-traumatic stress disorder? How can a teacher detect such symptoms?

Our project will provide vocational teachers and trainers with information and best practice about effective tools and methods, in order to help them do their work better. They will be able to acquire skills and knowledge to apply interventions in a preventive stage, and to focus on self-esteem, empathy towards out-groups and managing negative emotions. In the long run, this approach will lead to a better learning climate, better learning results and will reduce racism and xenophobia in the classroom.

website:
https://www.vetcontra.eu/

mail / contact:
E-C-C Association for Interdisciplinary Education and Consulting
Education – Culture – Citizenship
Kreuttal 6
2112 Würnitz

Police academy of the Czech Republic

Police academy of the Czech Republic

The Police academy of the Czech Republic in Prague in cooperation with Prison Service of the Czech Republic; both organisations are included in the Programme: “The manifestations of extremism and radicalisation inside Czech prisons”.

It is a training about extremism and radicalisation addressed to prison’s professionals.

E-mail / Contact / telephone

Police academy
Barbora Vegrichtova
vegrichtova@polac.cz

Prison service
Ondrej Kolar
okolar@vez.sve.justice.cz

RUBIKON Center

RUBIKON Center

It is a non-profit NGO aimed at reintegrating people which have criminal history in the society, and reducing their recidivism.

Website
www.rubikoncentrum.cz

E-mail / Contact / telephone
Marek Demner
demner@rubikoncentrum.cz

(+420) 739 470 408

ERUDITIO PUBLICA

ERUDITIO PUBLICA

ERUDITIO PUBLICA is a non-profit educational and research organisation, which realises training about the prevention and the intervention in hate crime environments addressed to local authorities. Moreover, it is focused on the definition of good practice to develop civic education.

Website
www.eruditiopublica.com

E-mail / Contact / telephone

ERUDITIO PUBLICA o.p.s.
Údolní 33
602 00 Brno
Czech Republic

Petra Vejvodová
petra.vejvodova@eruditiopublica.com

In IUSTITIA

In IUSTITIA

In IUSTITIA was established as a legal organization that is the first of its kind in the country dealing specifically with hate violence in all its width. The theme of hate violence brings to public awareness, professional discourse and political debate. The organization consistently promotes the principles of democratic rule of law, including equality of all human beings in dignity and rights. For the benefit of our clients, of victims of hate violence, law applies in judicial and other legal protection.

In IUSTITIA aims to protect communities at risk of violent racism and neo-Nazism. It seeks to optimize the practice of public administration in the area of the Freedom of assembly.

In IUSTITIA deals with monitoring legislative activities, analyses the Czech legal order in the context of community and international law. It submits proposals for amendments to existing legislation in order to improve the status of people at risk of hate violence as well as to facilitate their access to justice and to the appropriate tools of restorative justice.

In IUSTITIA seeks to improve the practices of law enforcement in cases of hate violence, in particular to improve practice in the detection and investigation of hate crimes. Crimes involving the organized hate violence or hate-motivated physical assault should be addressed as a priority and with appropriate diligence.

In IUSTITIA focuses on education and strengthening pro-democratic attitudes of the people. It pays increased attention to youth. For many years, the founders of the organization have been publishing about the far-right and hate violence.

Website
http://en.in-ius.cz/

E-mail / Contact / telephone

ADDRESS: In IUSTITIA, o.p.s.
Rybná 24
110 00 Praha 1 E-MAIL: in-ius@in-ius.cz poradna@in-ius.cz

TELEPHONE: Contact details for journalists: + 420 773 177 822

Ministry of Interior-Czech Republic

Ministry of Interior-Czech Republic

The Ministry of Interior supports the prevention of crime, such as projects focusing on new threats and new approaches to crime prevention (crime in the virtual environment, protection of soft targets, debt, extremism, hate crimes and others)

Website
http://www.mvcr.cz/ministerstvo-vnitra-ceske-republiky.aspx

www.mvcr.cz/cthh/soubor/nap-2013-en-pdf.aspx

E-mail / Contact / telephone

ADDRESS: Nad Štolou 3
mailbox 21
170 34 Praha 7

E-MAIL: posta@mvcr.cz

TELEPHONE: +420 974 811 111