Start date: Sep 1, 2016,
End date: Aug 31, 2019
This project supports equipping all young people with the knowledge and skills to think for themselves, challenge and debate ideologies in a safe environment. It will also give young people the opportunity to learn about different cultures and faiths, building mutual trust and respect. The project brings together the relevant partner countries in the following way(i) It brings together regions who have unique characteristics but at the same time due to the rise in migration and new arrivals to our respective localities/ countries there are similarities which draw us together. (ii) World events have come together to impact on our respective countries in similar ways including a rise in discrimination especially against new migrants, the increasing influence of ideologies of the extremists including the Far Right and the Daesh are drawing a number of young people to extremist views . In the UK over 800 young people have travelled to Syria to fight with the Daesh. (iii) There is a desire from all the countries represented in this project to come together and share common issues affecting our young people. In France and Spain there are similar numbers making the decision to travel in support of the Daesh(iv) The high levels of increasing deprivation within some communities is creating hostility between established and new communities and an increase in tensions and therefore a need to increase and reinforce community cohesion. Both Buckinghamshire Montpellier and Madrid are very aware of the tensions rising across Europe based on differences between people. This is of concern to our countries and the need to make our young people aware of their responsibilities to each other is more critical as we see an increase in using social media to express negative thoughts to each other. Discrimination takes all forms but as young people become more sophisticated in their use of ICT on line radicalisation and extremism is a growing concern. Therefore the need to be innovative in teaching about becoming European citizens as a way of making young people feel socially included in a wider context is considered a way forward. The Déclaration of Paris on Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discriminationthrough education with a view to :1 _ Ensuring that children and young people acquire social, civic and intercultural competences,by promoting democratic values and fundamental rights, social inclusion and non-discrimination,as well as active citizenship ;2 _ Enhancing critical thinking and media literacy, particularly in the use of the Internet andsocial media, so as to develop resistance to all forms of discrimination and indoctrination ;3 _ Fostering the education of disadvantaged children and young people, by ensuring that oureducation and training systems address their needs ;4 _ Promoting intercultural dialogue through all forms of learning in cooperation with otherrelevant policies and stakeholders.We aim to develop the confidence of both students and teachers to debate and confront those who would try and use the narrative of the extremists to recruit to their cause.
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