Our augmented reality RealTalk workshop which tackles far right extremism and fake news has so far been to over 20 schools and colleges throughout Leicestershire. But in June, Gateway College hosted a RealTalk workshop with a difference.
ITV’s Love Island forged an unlikely partnership with Prevent as former contestant Camilla Thurlow visited the college to see RealTalk in action as part of her research into tackling online extremism. This generated huge excitement amongst the students who were eager to meet Camilla and after a flurry of selfies the workshop began in earnest. As usual, the engagement and discussion amongst the participants was lively as the workshop challenged stereotypes, raised awareness of extremist groups and tackled the issues of fake news and online progaganda. Camilla recorded the workshop for a special report on online extremism for BBC Radio 5Live. The programme aired in July and successfully showcased some of the excellent work that Prevent is doing in Leicester.
See Camilla’s full report here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5BR9S4pK1QKwdX89WZPplps/camilla-thurlow-how-can-we-stop-online-extremism