The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council is composed of the ministers responsible for education, culture, youth, media, communication and sport from all EU member states. EU Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Ministers met in Brussels on 30 and 31 May 2016.
The Council adopted conclusions on the role of the youth sector in preventing and combating the violent radicalisation of young people. The conclusions highlight the invaluable contribution that youth work, voluntary and cultural activities and sport can make in reaching out to young people who might otherwise be more vulnerable to radicalisation.
They also stress the need to undermine and challenge existing violent extremist ideologies and to counterbalance them with appealing non-violent alternatives and to support parents, siblings, peers and others in contact with young people who are at risk, providing them with information on existing support systems and counselling possibilities.
Ministers discussed how youth policy can best contribute to support youth identity development. Ministers agreed that young people need more than ever a strong and positive identity to be able to successfully participate in education, the labour market and society at large and that this could be developed through integrated educational networks. These networks will also help them to build resilience against anti-democratic influences and forces.
For more information see: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/eycs/2016/05/30-31/
Source: European Council
Posted by: Katrin Schauer