Lukas Works at PDCS since August 2016 as a program coordinator on programs focused on prevention of radicalisation and polarisation of the society (European Netwrok for Nonviolence and Dialogue, Project Grey, CEE prevent Net). From 2011 to 2016 he worked as program coordinator for People in Peril Association on projects focused on food security and rational utilisation of natural resources in Kenya and South Sudan. He studied Ecology and Geography with focus on environmental education during his magisterial studies and landscape ecology during his PhD. Studies. He taught environmental ethics and global ecology. He is also a co-founder of a local NGO Pangaea that Works on nature protection issues in the White Carpathian Mountains region and environmental education.
The project’s main objectives comprise fostering the capacity of practitioners from social/youth work and informal education to deal with intolerance, group hatred, and violence among young people; creating a platform for multi-agency cooperation in the project countries and across the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region; mustering support from stakeholders and policy-makers beyond political partisanship and societal cleavages; and raising awareness for CEE issues and approaches in European and international prevention networks, where this region is still under-represented.
The project’s activities include a transfer of good practices in an international summer school, peer coaching, and youth workshops in each of the project countries, as well as the publication of “Compendium of Good Practices”. In addition, “Prevent Seminars” provide practitioners and other stakeholders in prevention work with tested strategies for professionally addressing intolerance, discrimination, and group hatred in the local context; two meetings of a multi-agency round table in each country facilitate dialogue between practitioners, stakeholders, and policy-makers in each project region; and advocacy activities productively involve partners from across the political sphere in the project activities and the development of prevention work on the local and national levels.
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