Period:  17-18.01.2019
Organiser:  ARMOUR Consortium

The kick-off meeting of the 'ARMOUR - A radical model of resilience for young minds' Project (ARMOUR) was held in Malta on 17-18 January 2019 and was kindly hosted by the University of Malta.

The project will help both existing and potential influencersto model opinions by integrating skills on how to:

Create a message that deals with common concerns and interests of the middle ground society;

Develop critical thinking so as to delineate propaganda from solution oriented discourse;

Capitalise assertiveness and emotional intelligence into mediating speech that engages and connects with the diversecategories of the silent majority; and

Use anger management and conflict resolution so as to contain and push back the discourse of the radical pushers and joiners.

To achieve this, the project follows five main streams: 1) mapping challenges, needs, innovative solutions required in the process of prevention and de-radicalization; 2) designing, pre-testing and implementing a set of experimental labs based on cognitive-behavioural techniques and the learning by doing teaching method; 3) designing and carrying out a train the trainer programme for first-line practitioners and civil society representatives on best practices in the field of countering extremist ideologies and polarization among young people, and integrating and using the ARMOUR experimental laboratories in their CVE activities; 4) evaluation, testing and validating the toolkit design which will combine the experimental labs with best practices on working with vulnerable youth; and 5) disseminating and communicating the added value of the project to civil society members, practitioners and policy makers across Europe.

During the meeting, the partners discussed and approved key aspects of the project future development including its stages and the overall implementation plan, and outlined the dissemination and evaluation strategies and criteria.

The ARMOUR's consortium, led by the Euro-Arab Foundation, is also made up of the Center for Security Studies - KEMEA (Greece), the Mihai Viteazul National Intelligence Academy (Romania), SYNYO GmbH (Austria), the Italian Ministry of Justice, Agenfor (Italy), LIBRe Foundation (Bulgaria), the University of Malta (Malta) and the University of Groningen (Netherlands). A total of 19 team members took part in the initial project meeting, including all Work Packages Team Leaders.

LIBRe Foundation was represented by Alexandra Tsvetkova, Director of the organization.

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