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.
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
developing in a different direction, mainly due to the appearing of well organised right-national -populist movements and parties who largely influence political decision making and EDC/HRE with young people in general but also on the topic of radicalisation.
EDC/HRE work with young people offers sound, proven and effective instruments of non-formal learning approaches that are enabling for conscious and quality based learning processes. NGOS as educational providers seem to be the organisations who can make the link between non-formal and formal learning and therefore have an important role.
The expert meeting identified various common points and relevant practices where NGO´s as EDC/HRE providers can offer a vital contribution to the implementation and co-formulation of the European policies, they also lined out a variety of gaps and barriers that are systematically hindering from better performance.
As a result of the meeting the participants work on a policy paper which introduces new and emerging views on European policy programming.
Next STEPS activities:
* Trainers workshop from 13-18 February 2018 at Hochdrei, Potsdam (GER)
* STEPS toolkit training from 12-15 June 2018 at Center for Hellenic Studies, Nafplio (GRE)
STEPS is a mobility project for staff active in youth work. STEPS supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, Agreement Number - 2017-1-DE04-KA105-015114.
(potos: Lavinia Visan)