What does preventing radicalisation have to do with ‘Generation K’ and the EU?

What does preventing radicalisation have to do with ‘Generation K’ and the EU?

Posted on Jul 14, 2016

What does preventing radicalisation have to do with ‘Generation K’ and the EU? 



Here’s something of a rarity in current times: an article mentioning the EU without discussing Brexit (we promise that’s the only time that word will be used in this blog).

The reason the EU is a focus here is that last month (before the UK announced it had voted to Br… sorry…) the European Commission presented a communication ‘supporting the prevention of radicalisation leading to violent extremism’.

The EU’s education commissioner Tibor Navracsics stated that recent terrorist attacks in locations such as Brussels and Paris were carried out by ‘young people who have been raised in our society and taught in our schools’, rightly adding that ‘there are clearly failures here that we have to address’.

So there are a couple of questions that arise from this news and the statements that were made.

Firstly, Mr Navracsics mentioned ‘violent extremism’.


What is extremism?

Put simply, extremism describes someone having beliefs that most other people think are unreasonable and unacceptable.

There are different ways people can be extreme and many different forms of extremism.

As we know, there are numerous examples of worldwide social progress that occurred as a result of extremism in some way, such as the Suffragettes and Suffragists securing votes for women, or the Civil Rights Movement from the ‘50s and ‘60s.


So… what’s the problem with extremism?

Robert F. Kennedy, brother of United States President John F. Kennedy, summed it up pretty well when he once said:

“What is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.”

And of course, it isn’t just about what they say about their opponents, it’s about what they do. 

Think about some of the things the Nazis, the Taliban, the IRA, the Ku Klux Klan or Al-Qaeda have done in pursuit of their cause.


What does this have to do with young people?

According to research done by Noreena Hertz, almost 75% of young, 13-to-20 year-olds (which she labels ‘Generation K’) are worried about terrorism. And others, including the UK Government, are worried that young people will get drawn in to some extremist group, and possibly even commit acts of terrorism.

Interestingly, Mr Navracsics also talked about ‘failures’ regarding young people that need to be addressed.

At flick, we have developed the UK’s first prevention of radicalisation for students e-learning course, which is designed to be used as a teaching tool in schools for young people from secondary school age onwards.

It’s suggested to be completed as four separate lessons but is also suitable as a standalone course for anyone looking to find out more about extremism and radicalisation.


Train your students

You can now not only train your staff on the prevention of radicalisation – any school that buys a flick subscription will also get access to flick’s new and exclusive prevention of radicalisation for students course.

Subscribing with flick offers access to all flick courses, plus downloadable guides and resources in the flick library. So why not sign up today?



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