The OSCE Transnational Threats Department Action against Terrorism Unit organised a regional train-the-trainer seminar in Skopje.
A regional train-the-trainer seminar took place on 10-14 December 2018 in Skopje. It equipped 19 future trainers in South-Eastern Europe with the knowledge and skills needed to identify suitable participants, effectively deliver the training and help ensure the sustainable impact of the LIVE training for youth leaders. A dual training approach of substantive immersion in the curriculum content and facilitation skills training was used.
The Leaders against Intolerance and Violent Extremism (LIVE) Initiative is an OSCE programme designed to build the capacity of civil society in fostering community resilience to violent extremism and radicalisation to terrorism (VERLT). Three distinct, intensive training courses have been developed for young people, women and community leaders throughout the OSCE area. Participants are carefully selected for their community engagement and commitment to peace and tolerance, and refine their technical skills in key areas such as media literacy, critical thinking, policy influence, strategic communications, project design and evaluation, and security awareness. Informed by a range of practice examples, equipped with seed funding, and supported by expert peer mentors, participants develop original, impactful and relevant projects designed to address and respond to the drivers of VERLT in their communities. The LIVE training courses are designed to be delivered by two training facilitators working in tandem from 2019 onwards.
To this end, OSCE TNTD/ATU invited OSCE field operations and LIVE partner organizations with established networks and programmes in South-Eastern Europe to nominate trainers to deliver the LIVE youth leaders programme.