Workshops according to the modular principle

The prevention work takes place in the form of workshops which are designed according to demand. This means that instead of a previously prepared offer having to be accepted, the particular situation and needs are analysed cooperatively with the institution in an initial exploratory talk. On this basis, a plan is established which is matched to the particular context of the institution. To ensure sustainability and to accompany change processes, several workshops are designed and conducted over a longer period of time.
The individual modules are selected according to the modular principle, so as to achieve the following educational objectives:
  1. Extending the knowledge of inter-religiousness, identity and religious extremism
  2. Achieving an awareness of the recruitment strategies of extremists and the stigmatisation of groups
  3. Enabling positioning in a pluralistic society (limits of tolerance, recognition of a foundation of common values, etc.)
  4. Strengthening skills such as media literacy and awareness of tolerance
  5. Developing action strategies for dealing with recruitment attempts and religious extremism. At this point, the intervention team of the advice centre may be called in as a partner at any time

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The different modules of the workshops build upon one another in terms of content. The ideal sequence of the individual workshop modules looks as follows: The first workshop serves the purpose of approaching religious extremism as an issue via content such as identity and ideology, thereby enabling the team to find a point of access to the group. In the second workshop, education is provided regarding religious extremism through insights into the scene, the argument structures and the recruitment strategies. Based on the experience in the second workshop, education is deepened in the third workshop by addressing questions about society, religion and inter-religiosity. The fourth workshop deals exhaustively with the development of strategies for action in dealing with religious extremism. The following thematic clusters can be addressed:  

Awareness of religious extremism:

  • role of one’s own identity, origin and culture
  • life in a pluralistic society (human rights, fundamental rights, democracy)
  • dealing with other religions and world views (tolerance of ambiguity)
  • religious life practices and beliefs of the various religions (excursions)
  • shared value-basis of the three monotheistic religions
  • inter-religiosity as an opportunity of social cohesion

Education about and dealing with religious extremism:

  • context of ideologies and their circular reasoning structure
  • insight into the scene of religious extremism (with a focus on Germany)
  • recruitment attempts by extremists in the media (social networks, etc.)
  • strategies to deal with religious extremism