From 25th June to 3rd July, Lodéve hosted 23 people from 7 different countries to participate in a training organised by Concordia, ‘Not A Single Story’. This training had the mission of giving tools to professionals in contact with youth to develop youth citizenship by exploring the keys to understand the formation of their identity(s).
During the seven days of training, participants identified words as ‘polarization’, ‘identity’, ‘extremism’, ‘interculturality’ among others, and looked for their definition, showing up different perspectives. They also worked in understanding the processes of polarization of our societies and the radicalization of young people. More specifically, the participants worked on the formation of identities among young people, using theories as intersectionality.
In the middle of the training, a field work activity enabled them to interact with people from the town with the aim of asking them if “are we all radicalized”. Answers came like “a lot of radicalization exist, we’re all radicalized by a lot of different ways and a lot of topics. Medias have a big role because of the words they use and repeat all the time” and “we are all radicalized because sometimes we associate radicalization with racism”.
At the end of the training, some participants proposed and organised workshops to talk and think about Internet, radicalization and refugees, relating them to the main topics of the training. During the evaluation, participants and trainers thought about next steps that may follow inside Concordia’s project, it is a third training related to interculturality and gender in an international level. The participants from the sending organizations will get in touch to start with the preparation of the training in order to do it in 2020.
Following a training that took place in Turkey in September 2018, some members decided to give a logical follow-up to the CCIVS approach by organizing together a European training for youth workers to strengthen their capacities for peace education and human rights, which was the object of this project. The partner countries in the project saw their society and especially young people who are turning to extremes, thus reducing the possibilities of evolving in an intercultural society. In a society polarized with extremist ideologies that convince some of the youth, it seems important that professionals in the youth sector can play their role of intermediation and social cohesion.