BIRN Kosovo Holds Anti-Terrorism Training for Municipal Assembly and Staff in Fushë Kosova

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On June 19, BIRN Kosovo held a one-day training to present the strategic vision of the National Strategy for Preventing and Countering Terrorism, P/VE, Rehabilitation and Reintegration, R&R, and forms of extremism with an emphasis on the role of municipal assemblies and staff in countering violent extremism and terrorism, for the Municipality of Fushë Kosova.

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Fifteen participants, eight of them women, participated in the training which started with an introduction to terrorism and different forms of violent extremism and continued with the strategic objectives of the Strategy, presented by Labinot Leposhtica, Legal Office and Monitoring Coordinator at BIRN Kosovo and Member of the Working Group for National Strategy for Preventing and Countering Terrorism.

The training included a discussion with participants who delved into the role of the local officials in addressing terrorism and forms of violent extremism and their concerns as well as those of officials and citizens of this municipality.

Also present was Milot Sfishta, from the Department for Public Safety in the Ministry of Interior, who emphasized the crucial role of local authorities in meeting the objectives of the Strategy.

He presented the current situation with the Strategy, the work that has been done since 2019 with the establishment of this Department, and the work done especially with the community and the education system, which includes teachers and school psychologists.

During the training, the participants were active in discussions, sharing their perspectives and experiences. The presentation and subsequent discussions enhanced their knowledge and awareness of this topic, resulting in a more informed group of individuals by the end of the session.

This training was held as part of the Resilient Community Programme, which is funded by GCERF.