On the 23rd and 24th of June, TERRA rounded off it’s
second project with an international conference in Amsterdam. We were delighted to welcome
delegates from all over Europe and beyond to hear presentations which centered
around the three pillars of TERRA II – Train the trainers, Evidence based
policy advice and the Universal Curriculum Against Radicalisation in Europe
(UCARE) citizenship curriculum.
leader Magda Rooze opened the conference with a word of welcome, and then
Karolina Dam, joining us from Denmark, shared the moving testimony of how her
son Lukas was killed in Syria, having joined IS.
Presentations on the UCARE curriculum, the Train the
trainers and the Evidence based policy advice were chaired by members of our
advisory board, Maajid Nawaz, Professor Fathali Moghaddam and the Rt. Hon.
Hazel Blears and delivered by Dr. Marcin Sklad of the University College
Roosevelt and Haras Rafiq and Jonathan Russell of the Quilliam Foundation.
final products of these three pillars will shortly be available on our
Four former radicals, Søren Lerche,
formerly a member of an extreme left wing group, Adam Deen, formerly a senior
member of Al Muhajiroun, Johny Petersen and Thomas Runge, both once members of
extreme right wing groups in Denmark, were interviewed about their experiences
in joining and leaving these extreme groups by Maajid Nawaz, himself a former
member of Hizb ut-Tahrir.
On the second day, we were delighted
to receive two members of the Kofi Annan Young Leaders program, Bjørn Ihler and
Fatima Zaman, who presented in a panel chaired by a member of the TERRA
Advisory Board Lorenzo Vidino. They were also joined by members of the European
Youth Parliament to lead discussion sessions in the workshop on Evidence based
policy advice. Participants were also able to participate in sessions on the
Train the trainers, in which they received a taster of the training sessions,
and on the UCARE curriculum.
The whole TERRA team would once
again like to thank all speakers and participants who joined us in Amsterdam
for these two days and made our final event so successful.
Seminar in Denmark
On behalf of our fellow
organisers at Grundvigs Hojskole in Hillerod, Denmark, we are delighted to be
able to invite you to join us at a seminar there on the 19th and
20th of September. It is entitled Youth Crime, Gang Crime and Extremism.
from Denmark, Norway, England, The Netherlands and the United States will be
presenting and the seminar is now enrolling. For a full program, and to enroll,
please see this link:http://www.grundtvigs.dk/seminar-om-bandekriminalitet-og-ekstremisme. If you live outside Denmark, and refer to TERRA in your enrolment,
you will receive a 25% discount.
Location: Grundtvigs School
Date: 19th - 21st September 2016
A collaboration between: Research
Programme (Dis)engaging Children and Young People (Aarhus University), Families
Against Terrorism and Extremism (FATE), TERRA (EU) and serve2unite (USA).
Please feel free to share this
invitation amongst your colleagues and wider network.
We expect 100-150 participants from
Denmark and abroad.
Should you have any questions about
this seminar, please contact Soren Lerche at email@example.com
products of the TERRA II project will shortly be available online! Have a look
at our website www.terratoolkit.eu for the
Under TERRA II, a number of exciting new developments have taken place.
The TERRA toolkit has been made into a Train the trainers curriculum. In the
UK, almost 200 front line workers have been trained in the content of the
toolkit in this way, in the Netherlands 40,
and in Spain 45.
The UCARE curriculum has been developed and implemented in several
schools in The Netherlands. In it, pupils are encouraged to think about the
concept of positive citizenship and the role they can play in building a fair,
cooperative and inclusive society.
The Evidence based policy advice, which the TERRA project makes
available to policy makers throughout Europe, describes both the most recent
developments in the current academic literature on the topic of radicalisation,
and some current good practices which are helping to tackle radicalisation in
Europe at the moment. In doing so, it offers advice which is based on a solid
In September, you will be able to download the TERRA train the trainers
manual in English and the power points in English, Dutch and Spanish. The UCARE citizenship curriculum and the TERRA
Evidence based policy advice will also be available on our website, free of charge.
At our conference in June we were able to present these developments to
an international audience, where they were well received and where a platform
for new discussions and new developments was made.
The TERRA project is now closed, but our team remains involved with the
subject matter of radicalisation, and there are some exciting new leads for new
projects and activities. We are proud to be able to close TERRA on such a high
note, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your
support of our work through the years. We will be in touch to keep you informed
of our new projects and activities!