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, have coordinated the process of adapting the resource to fit the German context, where teachers are confronted with similar challenges. The German version of the resource is 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 programme and dedicated website were launched in Germany in April 2022.