Kongressprogramm 25. DPT-Digital

Passend zum Schwerpunktthema und den Entwicklungen der Corona-Pandemie geschuldet wird der 25. DPT-Jubiläumskongress am 28. & 29. September 2020 eine rein digitale Onlineveranstaltung sein. Das umfangreiche Kongressprogramm der ursprünglich im Kasseler Kongress Palais geplanten Präsenzveranstaltung wird in vier unterschiedlichen Formaten dargeboten. 

Real-life Learning and Digital Content Creation

Christina Foerch Saab
Fighters for Peace

Preventing Violent Extremism in a Digital World needs both approaches – a direct, hands-on approach, working with persons/youth at risk of radicalization as well as a digital response to extremist online content.

One of the key pillars of effective PVE work is the ability of youth and adults to think critically, being able to recognize hate speech and to fact-check (fake) news. A way to learn this is through media and information literacy (MIL). Coupled with this, youth and adults can create their own, positive online content promoting non-violence.

Fighters for Peace (FFP), an NGO working in Lebanon, which was constituted by former combatants, created an online platform with alternative narratives to violent extremism – posting interviews of former combatants on its website and social media outlets. Now, FFP combines three pillars: MIL, testimonies of ex-combatants, and the creation of digital content. Youth learn how to interview former fighters and highlight their stories of positive change. Youth use a mobile phone as camera, edit and post content digitally on social media platforms and on the web, thus experiencing and spreading alternative narratives using interviews with “formers”.

A combination of direct encounters, MIL and digital content creation should be opted for as best practice.
Christina Foerch Saab
 Christina Foerch Saab
Christina Foerch Saab holds a Master Degree in Political Sciences and Spanish from the Free University of Berlin and has a certificate in Biography Work. In the year 2000 she moved from Berlin to Beirut where she has been working as filmmaker, journalist, and consultant for NGOs. She co-founded the Lebanese NGO Fighters for Peace, where she is in charge of programmes. She has specialised in issues such as the reintegration of former combatants, preventing violent extremism, the memory of the Lebanese civil war, media and peace education, and arms control in the Middle East.

Foerch is a regular contributor to international expert workshops and speaks at conferences about the disengagement and reintegration processes of former combatants and former extremists, victims-perpetrators relations, societal healing processes in post-war settings and the importance of arms control in the MENA region.