Project “Peace and Love Vector”
The aim of the project “Peace & Love Vector” empowered the youth leaders and workers in the field of preventing extremism and radicalization, focusing on migrant backgrounds through exchange of best practices and experiences between the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries. Increased knowledge of the participants in the fight against violent extremism and hate speech towards migrants, misinformation about refugees and xenophobic discourse by drawing attention of their local communities. The second aim of the project empowered the youth leaders and youth employees in the field of preventing extremism and radicalization.
The main task in the realization of this project was to increase the awareness of young people about the dangers and threats that the virtual space has surrounded the radicalism. How to safely use the Internet. For this reason, the target group of the project were the young people from Sweden, Armenia, Estonia and Ukraine. Young people are among the most active users in the virtual space. By implementing this project, we aimed to increase young people’s awareness of the dangers and threats that surround the virtual space of radicalism. How can they be protected against the use of the Internet, in order not to fall under the influence of radical groups and organizations, promoting extreme and dangerous ideas for society. How young people can take an active part in fighting against the language of hate in the virtual space, such as preventing youth from radicalization.
An important milestone in the achievement of the results of this project was the implementation of a training course where young people were informed about the risks in the virtual space , related to radical ideas and tides. The participants were thoroughly acquainted with the problem of radicalization and, in particular, the dangers of the virtual space. Special attention has also been paid to the social networks used by radical organizations, by creating a network for constructive discussion among the participants.
- We have conducted a training course with 35 young people from 4 European countries;
- We have created a favorable atmosphere and have motivated participants to rationalize, understand and define the ways and methods of preventing radicalization;
- It was created a network of young activists, which to work for raising young people’s awareness of online hate speech and preventive measures in the virtual space;
- Stimulating and encouraging the critical thinking among young people about active actions and prevention of radicalization in the virtual space.