Challenges and solutions in the prevention of violent extremism through education: promoting evidence-based activities for youth resilience and engagement

When :

from Thursday 14 November, 2019
to Thursday 14 November, 2019

Type of event :

General Conference

Where :

UNESCO HQ - Room/Salle II, 7 place Fontenoy, 75007, Paris, France

Thursday 14 November 2019, from 18:30 to 20:00, UNESCO HQ Room II

This event aims at gathering experts' and practitioners' views on how to assess the 'effectiveness' of activities for the Prevention of Violent Extremism, as well as to share their experiences on what works in the field.

Since 2015, through Global Citizenship Education (GCED), UNESCO has put forward the importance of education to prevent violent extremism (PVE) to develop young people’s resilience to violent extremism and to help them become engaged citizens against hate speech, and for the promotion of more tolerant and peaceful societies.

This work is carried out in compliance with UNESCO Executive Board’s decision 197 EX/Decision 46. UNESCO is also committed to the implementation of United Nations Secretary-General’s Plans of Action on the ‘Prevention of violent extremism’ and on ‘Hate speech’, as well as of the United Nations Security Council’s Resolutions on ‘Youth, peace and security’ (2250) and on ‘Women, peace and security’ (1325).

Despite the growing number of PVE activities globally, there is a lack of evidence of their effectiveness and impact. UNESCO has commissioned research to prove that PVE works, and to identify those educational activities that are proven to work. A policy brief has been published in 2018 on this matter.

This side event aims at presenting the results of UNESCO’s research on effectiveness of PVE through education, summarised in the policy brief ‘Preventing violent extremism through education: effective activities and impact’. This brief seeks to call for an increased attention by the international community on the importance of ‘prevention’ and thus the role of quality education in addressing hate speech to help young people counter violent extremism.

A round table with experts and practitioners will highlight the outcomes and challenges on the identification of 'effective' activities to prevent violent extremism, and will allow to present those activities that are proven to work in the field.

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