Fighting radicalization to enhance e-strategy for a youth-comprehensive approach towards on-line terrorism

Trainings on social media, communication and arising digital professions in Baramulla, J&K

15-01-2022, Baramulla: Members of “Save Youth Save Future” organised the first event of the second series of full-day trainings as part of the project “Free 4 Youth: Fighting radicalization to enhance e-strategy for a youth-comprehensive approach towards on-line terrorism”. The event took place at Sherwani Hall Baramullaand, and it was titled “Youth Parliament “.

Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in Jammu & Kashmir, SYSF tried to decrease the number of participants as much as possible. As a result, the seminar was attended by 125 participants, 55 of which were females and 70 were males. Some of the participants were former stone pelters, who were previously in prison, and others were students at risk of radicalization. They came from the cities of Sopore, Palhalan, Fatehgarh Sheeri, Baramulla, Handwara, Kupwara, Beerwah, Budgam and other. 

There were three main sessions. The first one, was an opening session to the roundtable and working groups. People who are new to the Free4Youth project had the chance to learn about the previous project activities and get an overview of the topics that have been discussed. For the opening session, participants took the time to share their hopes and expectations of the upcoming events and set the ground rules for open and respectful discussion to follow in the next sessions.

The second one was titled, ‘Introduction to social media, communication and arising digital professions’. This introductory session revisited the importance of online media in all areas of private, public and civic life, and took a step further to draw special attention to future developments in the labor market in the digital era. The third session was titled, ‘Introduction: What is “Civil Society”?’. The session aimed at explaining the concept to participants in a demonstrative way, using examples from the youngsters’ own living environments. They learnt about the influences “civil society” has on their lives, their communities, and about the opportunities the sector has to offer. The third session was 

There were in total 5 trainers – 2 were SYSF members and 3 were special guests. 

Following the speakers’ discussion of the aforementioned themes, there was a subsequent session in which all event attendees addressed their day-to-day concerns and made several suggestions and what could be improved. Afterwards, SYSF organized a Quiz Competition in which 5 participants won books as gifts. The programme concluded with an evaluation in which participants and practitioners expressed their level of satisfaction and provided valuable feedback.