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FEBRUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER

CONSORTIUM AND ADVISORY BOARD MEETING
On the 24th and 25th of November 2015 TERRA had her meeting in Amsterdam with project partners to discuss the progress of the project.
For the train-the-trainers program the full curriculum has been developed by Haras Rafiq of the Quilliam Foundation London, the curriculum on radicalisation lessons as part of the  Global Citizenship program was presented by Marcin Sklad and Eri Park, associate professors of University College Roosevelt and the first results on the evidence based policy advise were discussed.
All these results were presented to the Advisory Board of TERRA, see for their profiles 
During the coming months we will work on finishing these products, which will be presented during our final conference in June 2016.

CONFERENCE REPORT

On November 26th 2015, the Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group organised a conference in the Netherlands with the title Prevention, De-radicalisation and Citizenship’. This conference was based on input from the TERRA project, especially in using the recommendations from the TERRA Toolkit.

The conference was attended by representatives from target groups identified by TERRA as being those who work with youth potentially at risk of radicalising, like teachers, youth workers, law enforcement personnel and policy makers from both local and national level. A new target group, mental health professionals, has also recently been identified and added. This group was well represented at the conference. Also representatives from all partner organisations in the TERRA project, Impact, Association of Aid to Victims of 11th of March, the Quilliam Foundation and University College Roosevelt were present, as well as the TERRA Advisory Board members: Dr. Lorenzo Vidino, Rt Hon Hazel Blears, Mr. Maajid Nawaz and Professor Fathali M. Moghaddam. For the complete report, please click here

SITE VISIT GERMANY

During our needs assessment, conducted in March 2015, professionals who attended our conference were asked to name projects or approaches currently being conducted in Europe which they felt to be good practices in countering radicalisation or supporting de-radicalisation. Two of the approaches named by respondents were both run by ZDK in Berlin, Germany. Exit has many years of experience in supporting members of the extreme right wing who would like to leave the movement, while Hayat provides family counselling and support to families who are concerned that a family member may be radicalising towards Islamism. In November, TERRA carried out a site visit to Berlin to gather more information about these projects, so that it can feed into the Evidence based policy advice which TERRA will ultimately produce. Please click here for more information about these projects.

DUTCH INTEGRATION POLICY

In order to gain information about existing European policies and practices that tackle radicalisation, TERRA conducted a needs assessment at the Brussels event in March 2015. In this needs assessment, the Dutch integration policy was mentioned as an approach to counter radicalisation. Therefore, TERRA will conduct a literature study and a site visit concerning relevant parts of the Dutch integration policy of the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. In this preliminary document of the literature study we give a short summary of the Dutch integration policy as it is described in publicly available government documents. The main aspects of this policy will be focus points during the upcoming TERRA site visit on the Dutch integration policy. For more information about the Dutch integration policyplease click here.


AARHUS CONFERENCE "BUILDING RESILIENCE TO RADICALISATION AND VIOLENT EXTREMISM" 
As part of the site visit program of TERRA II the project manager participated in the international conference arranged by the City of Aarhus and the East Jutland Police in collaboration with the Strong Cities Network, in Aarhus in Denmark. Experts, practitioners  and politicians from more than 30 different countries gathered from the 19th till the 20th of November in Aarhus on the issue of radicalisation and violent extremism. More than 300 participants attended the key notes and workshops. See for more information:
 
www.aarhus.dk/antiradicalisation
http://strongcitiesnetwork.org
http://citiesagainstextremism.eu
UPDATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE ROOSVELT
At University College Roosevelt, an international honors college of Utrecht University, The Netherlands, scholars assisted by psychology students have been developing the school intervention program U.CARE over the last one and half years, as part of the TERRA II project.
U.CARE is a curriculum that provides educational tools to foster civic and social competences of high school students, with the aim of preventing processes of radicalisation.
It is a unique intervention, as it aims to tackle radicalisation at its source without singling out or stigmatizing individuals at risk. U.CARE offers secondary schools the opportunity to teach citizenship skills, which often fall outside the regular curriculum. On a more structural level, the program counteracts the threat of social or religious radicalisation within European societies by giving young people alternatives to violence. 
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