Applying Curriculum PreViEx

What do I need to know before applying for Curriculum PreViEx?

The core modules impart basic knowledge and skills in the field of extremism prevention and the implementation of corresponding training programmes. The elective modules cover the personal safety of the trainer, including digital safety, and describe methods for generating alternative narratives. This approach makes it possible to recruit groups with different levels of training skills. The curriculum includes several cross-cutting themes, including a gender-sensitive approach and humanistic values based on human rights. An important part of the course is the risk and needs assessment toolkit.

Modules can be studied as separate units. However, there are many thematic links as well as connecting factors which have to be identified and considered when implementing the curriculum.

Curriculum PreViEx step by step

Module 0: Introduction

This module is important for the proper organisation of activities to help participants to clearly understand the goals of the programme, its capabilities and compare it with their expectations and experience. The module indicates the work format, the schedule of classes, and sets the rules for group work.

Moldule 1: PVE Trainer Competencies

This module provides the basis for interconnection with all the other modules, as each of them cover the competencies of the PVE trainer in wider depth and detail. Specialists trained under Module 1 will be able to understand the peculiarities of working in the PVE context and to determine their own professional role in this context.

Module 2: PVE Training Formats

This module is closely related to all other modules and focuses on integrative approach to the training. It helps trainers to build a systematic step-by-step approach based on the characteristics of adult learning, delivery formats, psychological aspects of conducting PVE training. Specialists trained under Module 2 will understand the features and differences of conducting offline, online and combined trainings and be able to apply online services in practice to achieve results in the context of PVE.

Module 3: Analytical tools to explore risk and audience Needs

The module describes the narrow skill set of a PVE trainer related to data analysis, understanding local features in politics, interfaith relations, culture, national mentality as well as understanding how to determine the content of the training and the general vector of the PVE activity. Specialists trained under Module 3 will acquire skills to analyse and monitor the situation in the religious, political, and economic fields and be able to identify PVE risks, difficulties, problems and resource zones.

Module 4: Psychological aspects of PVE training

This module focuses on the emphasis of learning in an intercultural environment, which is very important for achieving results. Specialists trained under Module 4 will possess intercultural skills reflected in such aspects as intercultural empathy, cultural sensitivity, intercultural relations management, and tolerance for intercultural uncertainty. They will be familiar with the motivational, psychological and social characteristics of adult learning and consider them during planning and teaching processes.

Module 5: Methods for developing critical thinking in PVE

Specialists trained under Module 5 will learn principles of critical thinking to develop independent, facts-based decisions in complex situations of interpersonal and social interaction in the PVE context. They will be familiar with the manipulative techniques used in destructive groups, and consider them while planning their own training sessions.

Optional Module 1: PVE Trainer Personal Safety Basics

This module provides an opportunity for participants to: 1) expand their competency profile by acquiring knowledge and skills in the field of personal security; 2) apply risk analysis in relation to the safety of the coach and the participants of the event; 3) be sensitive to the psychological state of the participants and their cultural environment. Specialists trained under the Optional Module 1 will develop set of skills, knowledge and expertise which provide a PVE trainer a feeling of psychological, physical and digital security.

Optional Module 2: Developing relevant content for PVE training: Alternative narratives to prevent violent extremist advocacy and recruiting

The goal of this module is to understand the processes of creating and promoting narratives which oppose violent extremist propaganda. This process requires an understanding of the manipulative psychological techniques which are used in recruitment (Module 5), taking into account the specifics of the cultural, national, gender and religious contexts (Module 3), as well as the needs of target groups (Module 4). Specialists trained under the Optional Module 2 will understand the features of the destructive influence of radical narratives and ways of forming alternative and counter-narratives. They will be able to define their own professional role in this context.

Optional Module 3: Concept and forms of prevention of violent extremism. Legal bases for prevention of extremism

The goal of this module is to understand the essence of the prevention of violent extremism, and how it is different from other stages and phases of countering violent extremism. This requires an understanding of the various formats of PVE training (Module 2), manipulative psychological techniques which are used in recruitment (Module 5), consideration of the specific cultural, national, gender and religious contexts (Module 3), as well as alternative narratives for preventing violent extremist propaganda and recruitment (Optional module 2). Specialists trained under the Optional Module 3 will understand the features of the process of countering extremism, clearly distinguish preventive activities from other stages of countering VE (detection, suppression, etc.), understand the legal issues of VE prevention, and be able to determine their own professional goal at the PVE stage.

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