Mctar Project ( Media & Critical Thinking Against Radicalisation )

On the occasion of the Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices - Capacity Building in the field of Youth , and of the name of the project Media & Critical Thinking Against Radicalisation (MCTAR). and the follow up workshops for the previous mobilities :

The Youth Mobilities : "Developing New Narratives” Youth Exchange.

So this exchange aims to provide youngsters with the practical knowledge on audiovisual and media tools and how to use them to fight against radicalization by mixing the content and the technical approach, including practical activities on video making.

More informations you can check the website of the KA2 project

About the project:

Media and Critical Thinking Against Radicalisation” (MCTAR) is a youth project coordinated by Euro- Med Eve (Tunisia) in partnership with EN.O Greece, support youth leaders (Jordan) and Freeminds in Action (Italy). It aims to develop tools and resources to prevent radicalisation and fight hate speech in media. MCTAR is thought to be a project to develop further different methodologies and approaches in youth work as a way to prevent and identify radicalisation processes amongst youngsters. On the other hand, we aim to foster youth understanding on current topics and foster their critical thinking as a way to become mindful citizens who are able to discern hate speech in and negative messages in media and online. The project is divided in two main phases. The first one is devoted to provide youth workers with tools and resources in order to identify risk behaviours and patterns in youngsters that could lead to radicalisation. The second phase objective is to engage youth into critical thinking and debate over different topics spinning around the concept of intercultural dialogue and tolerance. On the other hand, youth will get the opportunity to get an insight into creative processes such as photography and videomaking as an alternative way to express themselves and oppose to hate speech messages. By sharing these experiences with youth from different countries and cultural background, youngsters will get the chance to share diverse perspectives and learn from each other. In addition, they will engage into the production of several short films that will be presented at a local festival in Nabeul. Throughout the project several intellectual outputs are to be produced, highlighting, an antiradicalisation toolkit, a field research report on the four communities , OER’s related to the project content and training sessions, photographies and videos made during the youth exchanges and several short films co-produced by the youngsters. All the learning outcomes will be available through our website under creative commons license for free use. The main goals to be achieved can be divided in three points: 1. Raising awareness about radicalisation and hate speech in media. 2. Developing tailored methods for youth workers to address prevention on radicalisation and provide them with tools and resources adapted to each specific context. 3. Foster critical thinking amongst youngsters while providing them with skills and creative tools as a way to develop counter narratives. With MCTAR we aim to provide tools for change, a different approach to youth work, focused on the prevention and identification of youth radicalisation processes by promoting the intercultural dialogue and the creation of alternative messages through media tools. MCTAR is a project to overcome mental walls, and build up new narratives in contraposition to hate speech. The first part of the project will be focused on providing the necessary knowledge to youth workers on issues affecting in youth radicalisation, starting from a global perspective, and then analysing each region/context separately. This focus will allow the youth workers to get in depth on the common challenges they have to face, as well as giving the opportunity to share the particularities related to their regions and day-to-day work. It is aimed as well to create networks within and without the regions of organisations working on different levels. Besides, the youth workers will get the chance to get familiarised with different tools and resources to create a tailored methodology (toolkit). The second part of the project will be targeting youth, aiming to create a constructive discussion amongst youth on the issues concerning them, analysing messages in media and online and enhancing analytical thinking on stereotypes and prejudices. Furthermore, the youth will get training in the use of audiovisual tools, in order to be able to create and spread their messages as a “counter-attack” to radicalisation ideologies. The youngsters will be encouraged to produce their own short films that will be presented in a festival as part of the dissemination strategy, as well as a powerful awareness tool. Those short films will afterwards be freely available online through the website and other online channels .

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