Empowering young people to prevent violent extremism – A guide to help young activists train their peers on preventing violent extremism.
Building on the experience and expertise we have accumulated through Extremely Together since 2016, the Kofi Annan Foundation has developed a training guide for young people on preventing violent extremism. Through this resource, we seek to inspire youth worldwide to act against hatred and violence. If we are to counter the influence of violent extremists, we need a massive mobilization for peace. Young people are already leading the way in promoting a more inclusive and peaceful world. With this manual, we hope to support their efforts!
This free resource, “Empowering young people to prevent violent extremism: a training guide”, was created to help young activists train their peers on how to prevent violent extremism and counter the threat of radicalization in their communities. It is designed for young people who are already interested in the subject and provides them with tools to conduct their own prevention training at their local level.
This training guide is based on Extremely Together’s years of experience training over 7,000 young people on the threat of violent extremism, its causes and what youth can do about it.
You do not need to be a seasoned activist or professional trainer to use this guide. You must simply be curious and want to spur change in your community while striving to better yourself and those around you.
What is in it?
This training guide is based on Extremely Together’s years of experience training over 7,000 young people on the threat of violent extremism, its causes and what youth can do about it in Africa, Europe and Asia. We partnered with Zulaika Nanfuka from Extremely Together Uganda to develop a guide that specifically makes prevention efforts more relatable to a youth audience.
The guide is divided into three chapters:
- What is violent extremism?
- How do we build self-resilience?
- Preventing violent extremism: what actions can we take?
Each lesson features examples from around the world – including from our own Extremely Together country Chapters – and provides unique insight into the “Extremely Together method”.
How do I use it?
This guide has been developed as a training resource to be used alongside a multi-day workshop. Its contents are adapted to all levels, and lessons can be delivered to a wide range of audiences.
Trainers are expected to carefully study the guide and its contents before delivering any form of training. We then encourage you to make it your own and use this resource in a way that best suits the needs of your community and those you will be training. You may deliver this training over several weeks or concentrate it on a shorter, more intensive period. You may also decide to only teach one or two chapters depending on the participant’s level of interest. However, we recommend that you follow the logical flow of each chapter.
As we strive to promote free, accessible, and inclusive knowledge for all, we welcome any feedback you may have on the contents of this publication. Don’t hesitate to drop us a note on how we can improve! We will keep editing the manual as we roll it out through the Extremely Together network.
Thank you to the Peace and Human Rights Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) for their financial support. The contents of this guide are the sole responsibility of the Kofi Annan Foundation and do not reflect the position of the Swiss government or any third parties who have contributed to its elaboration.