The aim of Salaam Shalom’s Resistance project is to equip young people with the skills and confidence to become active Resistors of identity-based intolerance, utilising media and the creative arts to analyze processes from bullying to genocide. The project is aimed at young people 13-16yrs.
Salaam Shalom are also producing a Resistance learning resource pack, to equip teachers in addressing issues around equality and diversity.
The project aims to address:
-Lack of understanding of the process whereby people are influenced by media, public figures and their lack of knowledge to be manipulated into developing extreme views and intolerances towards people who are different to themselves.
-The need for young people to understand and interpret the lessons and processes which lead to community segregation, ethnic cleansing and genocide in a modern-day context; to prevent identity-based prejudice and discrimination today.
-Lack of awareness amongst young people of the impact that bullying and discrimination can have on the segregation and isolation of individuals- which can give way to anti-social behavior and in its most extreme form- as was the Bristol case of Andrew Ibrahim- planned acts of terror.
Various versions of the Resistance workshop have been delivered to different groups, using similar resources and activities.