Offline and Online Radicalisation Prevention Holding back Extremism and Upholding Security
ORPHEUS is an initiative funded by Interreg 2 Seas designed to provide practical support, help and guidance to youth workers, teachers and other educators to increase young people’s resilience to violent extremist narratives.
Young people may have difficulty expressing their concerns and grievances to others. However, also professionals (i.e., youth workers, educators and policy makers) often don’t know how to respond or deal with these grievances. That is why ORPHEUS develops a method for professionals, so that they can organise safe/brave spaces both offline and online. From this method flows the ORPHEUS toolkit that stimulates their confidence and skills to deal with certain issues, such as fake news, polarisation, controversial issues, ... .
ORPHEUS is the product of a strongly dedicated team. This partnership comprises cities and institutions operating in a diversity of contexts which are representative of typical problems faced by existing prevention strategies within the 2 Seas area. ORPHEUS adopted a cross border approach and consists of the following partners from Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. They all have experience in social alienation, social cohesion, extremism and counter-terrorism issues.
However, we could not have accomplished this teamwork without cooperation of the schools, youth organisations, local governments, municipalities and city councils. They play an essential role in this project due to their expertise on the matter and their work on positive identity development, counter terrorism and non-stigmatisation.
Interreg 2 Seas 2014-2020 is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme covering England, France, the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders). The Programme is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and has a total of €241m ERDF to co-finance projects in the 2014 - 2020 period.