Tuesday, 7 November 2017

STEPS - experts and practitioners discussed influence of populism on EDC in youth work

From 01.-05. November a group of 25 educators and experts from the STEPS partnership met in Almunecar (ESP) to discuss key findings from 12 national studies on the relationship between populism in politics, radicalisation and de-radicalisation of young people and its contextualisation to EDC/HRE work with young people in 12 European countries.

The participants introduced the key findings from 12 national studies, which concentrated on three sets of questions:
* a contextualisation of the terms of political populism, radicalisation and post-truth as it appears on the national levels regards to youth work and EDC/HRE with young people
* a description on the effects of the political discourses and programs on EDC /HRE with young people resulting from the entry of right wing populist parties to the political levels (legal frames, programs form local - national levels)
*  an introduction to existing educational/youth policies and on educational concepts of youth work to work on the topics of populism, post-truth and radicalisation in EDC/HRE settings.


Based on the commonalities and specifics of the findings, together with Stefan Manevski from the COE youth department the partners discussed the relation and consequences for EDC/HRE in youth work related to the implementation of existing European and global political frames on local, national and European levels: These frames are e.g. provided by the EU Paris Declaration, the COE European Charter on EDC/HRE (and its review 2017), the SDG´s Goal 4, the COE Recommendation on youth work and the COE ENTER! Recommendation on young peoples access to social rights.

Of specific importance was the discussion on current European Union Councils conclusions on the role of the youth sector  in an integrated and cross-sectoral approach to preventing and combating violent radicalisation of young people.
These often well- intended frames need to be enshrined, set into practice and supported by policy making on the national levels: these levels are in most European countries since a longer time