Skills to Resist Radicalisation — German Version

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In 2020, the Evens Foundation initiated a new partnership with Ariel Trust (UK) and planpolitik (Germany) to facilitate the wider dissemination of an online interactive resource called Skills to Resist Radicalisation developed originally for the British context by Ariel Trust.  

This educational resource was created and developed by Liverpool-based charity Ariel Trust, one of the shortlisted candidates for the 2020 Evens Education Prize. The resource allows primary school teachers and their pupils to explore issues of extremism and radicalisation, and to build young people’s resilience to such messages.

Berlin-based planpolitik, which specialises in designing interactive educational formats on political and social topics and which was one of the candidates shortlisted for the 2017 Evens Peace Education Prize, are in the process of adapting the resource to fit the German context, where teachers are confronted with similar challenges. The German version of the resource will be titled 'Kleine große Schritte: Umgang mit Ausgrenzung und Extremismus erproben' ('Small Big Steps: Practicing to deal with exclusion and extremism').

From previous experience, we have learnt that a thorough adaptation process is crucial to ensure that a tool or resource answers local needs, habits, sensitivities and tastes. The role of the foundation is to facilitate this adaptation and to turn it into a learning process for all parties involved.

The launch of the programme and website in Germany is planned for autumn 2021.

In 2020, the Evens Foundation initiated a new partnership with Ariel Trust (UK) and planpolitik (Germany) to facilitate the wider dissemination of an online interactive resource called Skills to Resist Radicalisation developed originally for the British context by Ariel Trust.  

This educational resource was created and developed by Liverpool-based charity Ariel Trust, one of the shortlisted candidates for the 2020 Evens Education Prize. The resource allows primary school teachers and their pupils to explore issues of extremism and radicalisation, and to build young people’s resilience to such messages.

Berlin-based planpolitik, which specialises in designing interactive educational formats on political and social topics and which was one of the candidates shortlisted for the 2017 Evens Peace Education Prize, are in the process of adapting the resource to fit the German context, where teachers are confronted with similar challenges. The German version of the resource will be titled 'Kleine große Schritte: Umgang mit Ausgrenzung und Extremismus erproben' ('Small Big Steps: Practicing to deal with exclusion and extremism').

From previous experience, we have learnt that a thorough adaptation process is crucial to ensure that a tool or resource answers local needs, habits, sensitivities and tastes. The role of the foundation is to facilitate this adaptation and to turn it into a learning process for all parties involved.

The launch of the programme and website in Germany is planned for autumn 2021.

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We are approaching the end of the adaptation process. On 7 September the final adaptation meeting between the three partners took place. We discussed the proposed storyline and the lesson plans for Module 3 as well as the logic model for the whole resource. It's really shaping up nicely.

The partners will now focus on finalising the website, the animations and the manual.
At the end of October a first multiplier/test event will be organised for the German Respekt Coaches network. The official launch is foreseen for the end of November 2021.

We intend to meet again in winter 2021 to evaluate our collaboration experience and the results of our common work.

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The third adaptation meeting with Ariel Trust and planpolitik took place on 23 June. We focused on reviewing Module 2 and we got familiar with the adaptation proposal of Module 3. We contributed the feedback gathered during consultation sessions with experts on the topic in Germany organised by planpolitik to make sure that the adapted version reflects cultural and social nuances of the German context.

In the meantime, two meetings have also taken place to facilitate the overall adaptation of the website.

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The second adaptation meeting with Ariel Trust and planpolitik took place on 23 March 2021. In this meeting we focused on the German version of Module 1 and their proposal for Module 2. In particular, we focused on discussing changes in the storyline and differentiation between modules 2 and 3. The next meeting will take place in June 2021.

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The kick-off meeting for the project took place online in the last week of October 2020. In December, we had the first adaptation meeting, where we discussed the changes to Module 1 proposed by the team of planpolitik. In 2021, two more adaptation meetings are scheduled for Modules 2 and 3.