In our recent counter-violent extremism training course, we were fascinated by how the youth and youth workers are making progress in engaging with their communities to address extremism behaviours under K(no)w Extremism project co-funded by Aktiv Ungdom.
The learning objectives were to enhance effective counter violent extremism work within youth-based organisations and promote effective activism and campaign against extremist narratives as well as hate speech with the goal to reinforce civil society framework against discrimination, radicalisation, and extremist violence or narratives.
The training course provided the activists with a step-by-step guide to counter extremist messages Online. Countering narratives of violent extremism is about building, presenting and spreading information and interventions designed to prevent individuals from engaging in Online or Offline extremist narratives.
The participants thus became more familiar with combating hate speech and/or counter extremist narratives analysis, tools and techniques: youth engagement and framing the problem in the local context. Furthermore, they gained skills on proactive solutions for staying safe with Online activism. They also learnt about storyboarding and planning while designing a counter-narrative campaign.
Furthermore, participants have developed their capacities to apply and design campaigns against extremist narratives and hate speech: establishing social media materials, developing targeted messaging, setting up targeted audience and engage and interacting with it, and monitoring and evaluation.