- United Kingdom
- Target Audience
- Youth/pupils/studentsFamiliesEducators/academicsLocal community organisations/NGOs
- key themes association
- FormersVulnerable youth and youth engagement in P/CVE
- Peer Reviewed practice
Funded by Public Safety Canada via the Kanishka Project, and co-funded by the EU programme Prevention of and Fight against Crime (ISEC), Extreme Dialogue has brought together the following project partners: the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (limited company), film production company Duckrabbit, and educational charity Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.
Extreme Dialogue is supported by NGO project partners (in Europe), the West London Initiative (in the United Kingdom), Cultures Interactive (in Germany) and Political Capital (in Hungary).
Type of Organisation: Other
Extreme Dialogue aims to build resilience to radicalisation among young people through a series of open-access educational resources and highly engaging short films. These films explore prejudice and identity, and foster critical thinking and digital literacy skills.
Extreme Dialogue encourages safe and constructive discussions around extremism and radicalisation in educational or community settings in Canada, Germany, Hungary and the United Kingdom.
Apart from young people, the project also aims to reach a series of key target groups: education practitioners, youth-focused civil society organisations, safeguarding professionals, national- and local-level policymakers, parents and the media.
The short films tell the personal stories of people profoundly affected by extremism. These include:
- a former member of the extreme far-right in Canada;
- a mother from Calgary, Canada, whose son was killed fighting for ISIS in Syria;
- a youth worker and former refugee from Somalia;
- a former member of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) whose father was killed by the Irish Republican Army (IRA);
- a former member of the now banned British Islamist group al-Muhajiroun;
- a Syrian refugee living in Berlin;
- a member of a Roma community in Hungary targeted by far-right demonstrations.
The films are accompanied by a set of educational resources that include Prezi presentations and practitioners' resource packs for young people aged 14 to 18 (approximately). They also contain comprehensive learning objectives, teaching points and delivery instructions.
They provide young people with opportunities to engage with and explore key themes around extremism and radicalisation, and encourage dialogue on non-violent approaches to tackle extremism and build community cohesion.
The films and resources are complemented by extensive training and delivery guidance on use of the materials with young people; this gives teachers and other youth practitioners confidence to undertake debates on contentious subjects. Based on more than 20 years of collective educational experience, the Extreme Dialogue 'Facilitator Guide' outlines the pedagogical teaching approach used and presents the best practice for delivery of the resources. It is intended to supplement the education resources themselves.
Extreme Dialogue has produced a series of materials which are freely available online.
These include the following.
- Seven short documentary films telling the personal stories of those profoundly affected by violent extremism. All films are available from the 'Stories' page of the project website, in English, German and Hungarian, with the Canadian films available in French.
- A series of accompanying educational resources including Prezi presentations and practitioners’ resource packs, available from the 'Educational Resources' page of the project website, in English, German and Hungarian, with the Canadian resources available in French.
- The 'Facilitator Guide' can be downloaded from the 'Educational Resources' page of the project website.