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chamäLION (portmanteau for 'chameleon' (in German) and 'lion' (in English))

Target Audience
Peer Reviewed practice


The INSIDE OUT Initiative against religious extremism is located in Stuttgart, Germany. It is funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. The project seeks to encourage democracy and prevent extremism.

We provide educators with counselling and information on the phone or face-to-face, on questions concerning extremism and its prevention.

Furthermore, INSIDE OUT develops programmes for children and adolescents that aim to prevent radicalisation. We offer workshops in arts and theatre education as well as programmes for enhancing intercultural skills which will support and stimulate young people's personal and cultural development.

Type of Organisation: Other

Project description

chamäLION is a primary prevention concept that aims to promote resilience against extremist ideologies. It is based on the idea of preventing radicalisation through early support of personal and social resources, establishing the capacity for acceptance of and respect for other people (regardless of the challenges posed by their potential differences), and at the same time, reducing discrimination.

This is to be achieved by working through exercises in the following three modules:

  1. belonging and orientation (awareness of and respect for diversity: different lifestyle choices, cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs, gender identification, etc.);
  2. identity and acceptance (understanding one's personal strengths and weaknesses, 'biographical' work);
  3. conflict management and resolution (preventing violence, learning how to deal with conflict, increasing self awareness regarding one's own feelings and communication skills).


Concept for children aged 7 to 12. The tools (exercises) are implemented by teachers or social workers at school.

Contact details


Waiblinger Str. 1-3,
70372 Stuttgart

Contact person: Franziska Geppert
Telephone: (+49) 711 79 48 66 45
Email | Website

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chamäLION (portmanteau for 'chameleon' (in German) and 'lion' (in English))
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