14.09.2016 - Education Sector

UNESCO international conference seeks common understanding on educational measures to prevent violent extremism


Violent extremists are made, not born. But why do people engage in such actions and what can education do to prevent them?

This is the subject of high-level discussions to take place at the first International Conference on the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education: Taking Action (PVE-E), co-organized by UNESCO and the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), on 19-20 September 2016, in New Delhi, India.

Over 150 participants from around 70 countries including Ministers of Education, senior education policy-makers, experts and youth activists in the field, will come together to build a common understanding about how education systems can appropriately and effectively prevent violent extremism.

At the event UNESCO’s Teacher’s Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism will be presented. The first draft of the Policy Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education, developed by UNESCO, will also be discussed, providing participants with the opportunity to share comments during the Conference.

At the conference, UNESCO MGIEP will also be hosting its first Talking Across Generations on Education (TAGeDelhi) in which 50 youth delegates from around 30 countries will engage in a forthright dialogue on the prevention of violent extremism through education without the artificial barriers of podia. The session will be moderated by acclaimed author, journalist and educator Irshad Manji and the objective will be to mainstream youth voices to the highest level of policy-making.

Daily discussions can be followed on Twitter and Facebook with outcomes of the discussions and videos posted on the Conference website.  

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