Australia supports UNESCO in Preventing Violent Extremism
The Government of Australia will contribute $100,000 (AUD) to support UNESCO’s work combatting violent extremism. Minister of Justice of Australia, the Hon Michael Keenan MP, who is also Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter-Terrorism, announced the decision that will be part of a new partnership with UNESCO earlier this week.
“I am deeply grateful for this pledge of support from the Government of Australia – this will help to bolster UNESCO’s pioneering action to prevent violent extremism, through education, through media literacy, by drawing on all forms of soft power,” said Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General. “This has never been so important at this time of change and social transformation, when young women and men must be nurtured as change-makers for more inclusive and resilient societies.”
The funding will support UNESCO's work in developing digital materials for students and teachers that help build resilience to violent extremism. The Internet provides young people with access to unlimited information. Learning to distinguish between information that is reliable and information that is untrustworthy can be difficult. If young people cannot recognize propaganda, hatred and bias when they see it, they are vulnerable to manipulation or recruitment by violent extremist organizations, like ISIL.
The Australian Government is committed to maintaining a safe and harmonious society that rejects the use of violence to achieve ideological, religious or political goals.
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