Research on social development and resilience building have shown the fundamental importance played by opportunities to contribute to community well-being, education of cognitive and social skills necessary to solve problems and interact with others, and last but not least, the social recognition of individual contributions. Hence, in modelling guidelines of the ARMOUR experimental labs and all related activities, the project team will focus on the methodology and the educational techniques specific to the cognitive-behavioural instructional model: instruction and demonstration, roleplay and rehearsal in pretend scenarios, feedback and social reinforcement, as well as extended practice and discussions on how to use the acquired skills in common situations.
Sociologists, psychologists, trainers, security experts, practitioners from civil society organizations and/or volunteers - key ARMOUR stakeholders, will be provided throughout the project lifetime with guidelines, methodology, curricula and a selected number of exercises and simulations for both testing and giving feedback and recommendations for improvement. The main aim is to provide first line practitioners with an essential set of skills and behaviours easily usable and adaptable in their daily professional activities. The ARMOUR experimental laboratories will be created as a safe chamber where participants can experience alternative ways of responding to push and pull factors of social polarisation and extremism.
The learning by doing methodology is the heart and soul of Work Package 3 ‘Experimental labs’ and due to its significance within the project framework, the ARMOUR Consortium dedicated a special section of the website to its specific needs. Detailed information and documents will be published in the its Documents Section, and each set of labs will be separately presented in the respective Events Section linked to the experimental labs.
All results of the work done within this project steam will be published in the Deliverables Section.