Preventing violent extremism and against radicalization in Europe through Youth Empowerment and Work – ESTIA

Project Number: 101051421

Dates: 01.03.2022 – 29.02.2024         Website: www.estia-project.eu

Programme: Erasmus+

Project Summary

Youth radicalisation and the associated use of violence have become a growing issue of concern in Europe and its neighbouring regions. Young European people are influenced by constant changes in global social and economic realities, and several of them experience poverty, exclusion, inequality and marginalisation. All of these emerging concerns have highlighted the need to work with young people in order to identify and address the root causes of extremism and prevent their radicalisation, as well as strengthen young people’s resilience, prevent marginalisation, promote equality, and reinforce the cohesion of communities in which they live.

In order to illustrate positive ways and initiatives in which violent radicalisation of young people can be addressed and prevented, and examine how we can strengthen the role of different actors and communities in the countries that signed the European Cultural Convention, there is the need to research in which youth participation prevents radicalisation leading to violence. Empowering young people to have a greater degree of autonomy, self-determination and control over their lives in order to enable them to represent their interests in a responsible way and also supporting young people to deal with challenges they face, could actually be the basis of the willing of this project to focus on.

In order to strength young people’s resilience to violent ideologies by developing, ESTIA emphasizes on critical thinking and ways to help them to recognise the harm violence, which can cause to them and their communities. ESTIA has as main scope to present and highlight the value of youth participation as one of the instruments against radicalisation leading to violence, as young people are susceptible to various influences during the critical stage of adolescence, and if they perceive themselves as victims of discrimination, social exclusion or marginalisation, they are more at risk of recruitment from radical ideologies.

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