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'The Role of Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalisation That Lead to Terrorism' conference was held in Tashkent and Samarkand June 11-12.

The Kyrgyz branch of the international NGO Search for Common Ground is bringing together youth with business leaders, artists and celebrities across the country.

The Zhasyl El project is aimed at providing youth jobs during summer break and creating green spaces throughout the country.

The 'Cameras in the Hands of Children' project will help Kyrgyz high school students highlight social problems in their communities through videos, co-ordinators say.

Involving youth in active leadership and community building helps dissuade them from religious extremism and radicalism, project co-ordinators say.

Joint efforts by law enforcement, schools, local NGOs and international organisations have raised awareness among Kyrgyz youth about extremism and terrorism, observers say.

'The simulation game helped us understand our mistakes and stereotypes and taught us to heed other opinions,' one participant said.

The union, established earlier this year, is aimed at preventing radicalisation and promote political engagement among Uzbekistani youth.

The Jashstan project helps youth and government agencies unite efforts in peace-building and in fighting extremism.

Leaders of the Religious Affairs and Civil Society Ministry and the Youth Congress of Kazakhstan are preparing a document to present to President Nursultan Nazarbayev by the end of 2017.

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