- Target Audience
- Youth/pupils/studentsFirst responders or practitionersEducators/academics
- key themes association
- Formal/informal educationTraining
- Peer Reviewed practice
The project is directed by ufuq.de (civic education and prevention) and is implemented with four partner organisations. ufuq.de is a Germany-based NGO that receives financial support through various government, EU and private grants. This project is funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation. ufuq.de operates at the intersection of education, academia and public debate. It works primarily with youngsters of Muslim and/or immigrant background: it aims to foster a sense of belonging and to empower them to confront Islamism and ethnic-nationalist ideologies.
In addition, ufuq.de organises training sessions and conferences for educators and civil servants on youth cultures, Islam and Muslims in Germany, and carries out prevention work in local communities and educational institutions. ufuq.de regularly publishes educational material and scientific papers to inform the broader public about issues related to Islam and migration in Germany.
Type of Organisation: Other
The bildmachen project promotes critical media literacy among adolescents and young adults. It challenges religious extremist narratives and encourages alternative perspectives and approaches to issues of everyday life, identity, religion and socio-political activity.
Workshops for youngsters and young adults
The aim of the workshops is to increase media literacy among youngsters and strengthen their resilience against religious extremist content they may encounter online. It focuses on the topics of Islam, anti-Muslim racism and Islamism, in the context of social media and extremist web content. They learn how to fact-check questionable assertions and how to identify Islamic extremist narratives. The workshops also include online content designed by participants to illustrate ways of introducing personal perspectives and experiences into the discussion.
Training for educational staff
The target audience is educators in schools and youth centres. The training courses provide background information on the content and strategies used by religious extremists. The course makes recommendations for the development and monitoring of approaches to preventive work in social media.
The goal is to secure long-lasting media education skills and competences for educators so they can comfortably tackle religious extremist content, both in and out of school. Moreover, teachers and social workers will learn in depth how to confidently engage with controversial topics such as Islam, anti-Muslim racism and Islamism, in a bid to foster resilience of youngsters and young adults.
The practice comprises three workshop modules for youngsters: Critical media literacy, Extremist content, and Empowerment. Under these modules, the young people develop content themselves, like memes and GIFs. This content is collated on the project’s website (in the Hall of Meme on http://www.bildmachen.net/).
At the close of 2019, the workshop and training modules will be published on the website.
As part of the project, there is a study on how young people acquire political and socially relevant information via social media. The results of the study will be reflected in the ongoing project work. Of particular interest is the content teenagers and young adults identify as political and, in particular, extremist, as well as the strategies they adopt when dealing with such information. The study will formulate practical recommendations on addressing extremist content online in educational settings.