The focus groups under Work Package 2 'Mapping challenges, needs, innovative solutions required in the process of prevention and de-radicalization' were carried-out with participation of first-line practitioners, including academia representatives, educators, youth workers, social services and specialist professionals working with youth and child as psychologists, minor’s services and LEAs. The group discussions were designed around three different dimensions: religious-inspired extremism; right-wing extremism with a specific focus on Islamophobia, hate and anti-immigrant crimes; and left-wing extremism with a special focus on anarchist, animal rights, environmentalist and separatist ideologies.

The University of Malta organized a second ARMOUR Focus Group on the 31 st of October in collaboration of the Ministry for Education and Employment.

The focus group was attended by several educational practitioners, ranging from assistant heads of schools, counsellors, guidance teachers and ethics teachers. The discussion centered around issues of radicalization among children and young people and how that impacts the school environment. Participants also shared their thoughts on methods that can be used for the early identifications of radicalization and polarization and worked together with the ARMOUR research team in identifying potential solutions for addressing this problem within Malta.

In case you are interested to learn about the first Focus Group, follow the link.