VET Contra

VET Teachers and Trainers Contra Radicalisation

Radicalisation in schools: What can teachers do?
Teachers and trainers – called „first-liners“ – need new skills and competences to be better prepared to deal with intercultural tensions between diverse groups of learners. They should be able to detect, at an early stage, indicators of radicalisation among their learners. However, many of them have had their vocational education years ago, and many of them are completely or partially unprepared to the changes in the way in which our society is organized and which conceptual aspects of radicalisation pose a threat.

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Our project will provide vocational teachers and trainers with information and good practice about effective tools and methods, in order to help them do their work better. They will be able to acquire skills and knowledge to apply interventions in a preventive stage, and to focus on self-esteem, empathy towards out-groups and managing negative emotions. In the long run, this approach will lead to a better learning climate, better learning results and will reduce racism and xenophobia in the classroom.

The specific objectives are:

  • to implement an e-platform that will support the access to all initiatives and learning materials identified and collected in the project, especially for teaching in multicultural groups that give background information how to handle groups with intercultural tensions, based on social learning, ethics of participation, social language, social and emotional intelligence, conflict solving strategies.
  • to summarize the findings in a “Catalogue of Good Practice: VET Teachers Contra Radicalisation” that will give an overview about the current situation of the specific project environment in the partners’ countries, present the initiatives, projects and materials, and provide best practice examples for VET teachers and for practitioners working with marginalized people in vocational education.

Project Duration: 2016 – 2018