Counter-Extremism Thoughts Project

 

KAFD has launched the Counter-Extremism Thoughts Project (CETP) within the 2017 programs plan. The project is based on targeting extremism as an intellectual system.

The project aims to build youth core teams equipped with essential skills and knowledge to undertake contributing to changing the patterns of thinking, along with creating a cultural and intellectual environment that enables young Jordanians to think reasonably, distinguish between right and wrong, and adopting facts and documented information. The project aspires to build participant's capabilities in fact-checking and the ability to have an influence on others.

 

Targeted Groups:

The project targets young Jordanians in all governorates within the age group of 18-35 years.

 

Concept:

Participants go through four main stages; the first includes three training workshops, while the second stage focuses on broadening participants' intellectual base through dialogue sessions discussing a number of subjects. In the last two stages, participants work to transform what they have learned into practical projects, by implementing voluntary youth initiatives to encounter extremist ideologies on social media.

 

Project Stages:

 

First Stage: Capacity building

  • Advanced communication skills: Direct communication skills, audio-visual communication skills, befriend your camera, interview and debate, communication through social media and private platforms, social media engagement, posting and commenting .
  • Team building skills: The importance of organized teamwork, defining mission and objectives, choosing the leader, organizing the team, distributing roles and tasks, building image and impression, handling accomplishment and failure.
  • Strategic planning skills: The importance of strategic planning, the smart planner, balanced scorecards, linking strategic planning to key performance indicators.
  • Social media campaigns: Developing awareness and advocacy campaigns, training on video production, info-graphics and use of images.

 

Second Stage: Knowledge sessions

  • History of art.
  • History of ideas.
  • History of theater and cinema.
  • The Internet of things.
  • The International Bill of Human Rights.
  • Diversity, citizenship, and belonging.
  • Democracy and its role in building societies and nations.

 

Third Stage: Voluntary work

Participants are divided into groups; each group submits a plan to implement a group of voluntary work in their local community in order to enhance their active citizenship based on the skills they acquired in the training workshops. These voluntary works are carried out under the supervision of the project’s team.

 

Fourth Stage: Graduation project

Each group presents a graduation project based on the use of social media to serve a cause they believe in, and represents, in their opinion, a priority for the community. This project is implemented under the supervision of KAFD.

 

Implementation Partners:

 

Jordanian universities and the civil society organizations in various governorates of the Kingdom.

Accomplishments:

 

In 2017

- 152 young men and women were trained within focus groups training.

- 9 initiatives were funded as graduation projects from the focus groups (Tube Theater, Think about it “Makhmekh’ha”, Colorful Thread, Seed, Your Experience and my Knowledge, Block Racism, Post for Peace, Quarter of an Hour, Colorful Mix).

 

In 2018

- A training manual for the project was developed and registered in the National Library.

- 25 young men and women were trained as facilitators for the manual.

- 18 training sessions were held by the facilitators, with the participation of 647 young men and women. Sessions were carried out in the various governorates, youth centers, civil society institutions, and universities.

- 124 young men and women were trained within focus groups training.

- 9 initiatives were funded as graduation projects from the focus groups, which are (Know Me, Jo Dialogue, Depth, Chill “Rooq”, Love Jordan Mix, I am a Human, Margin, and Compulsory dislocation is a disaster “AlJalwa Balwa”).

 

In 2019

- 25 young men and women were trained as facilitators for the manual.

- 20 training sessions were held by the facilitators, with the participation of 425 young men and women. Sessions were carried out in the various governorates, youth centers, civil society institutions, and universities.

- 28 young men and women have received advanced intellectual training.

- 120 young men and women were trained within focus groups training.

- 7 initiatives were funded as graduation projects from the focus groups, which are (Carvelli, Do not resemble me, joy, Be Aware of, Teach me your habits, where is the mistake, enough bullying).

 

 

 

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