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Youth Empowerment for Peace and Resilience Building and Prevention of Violent Extremism in Sahel and Surrounding Countries


Title: Youth Empowerment for Peace and Resilience Building and Prevention of Violent Extremism in Sahel and Surrounding Countries

Description: The “Youth Empowerment for Peace and Resilience Building and Prevention of Violent Extremism in Sahel and Surrounding Countries Guide” (Sahel Guide) is intended for teachers and is a timely intervention that supports the capacity-building of secondary school teachers and teacher educators to address violent extremism. It understands that Africa’s teeming youth population, if not harnessed creates an opportunity for radicalization and extremism. Therefore, aims to engage, support, and educate youth on peace, resilience building and the prevention of violent extremism.

The Guide opens with the dynamics of violent extremism in the Sahel and surrounding countries to provide the background context. It then looks at the role of education for peace, resilience building and the prevention of violent extremism before going into specific key elements and tools for teachers. These include how to create spaces and opportunities for ethical reflections and community engagement along with core competencies for resilience-building and how to use transformative pedagogy. It also includes information on the importance of assessment of the learning and a chapter on activities and methodologies that teachers can use to engage learners. 

Issue Date: 2019

Author: The UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) 

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Youth Empowerment for Peace and Resilience Building and Prevention of Violent Extremism in Sahel and Surrounding Countries


Title: Youth Empowerment for Peace and Resilience Building and Prevention of Violent Extremism in Sahel and Surrounding Countries

Description: The “Youth Empowerment for Peace and Resilience Building and Prevention of Violent Extremism in Sahel and Surrounding Countries Guide” (Sahel Guide) is intended for teachers and is a timely intervention that supports the capacity-building of secondary school teachers and teacher educators to address violent extremism. It understands that Africa’s teeming youth population, if not harnessed creates an opportunity for radicalization and extremism. Therefore, aims to engage, support, and educate youth on peace, resilience building and the prevention of violent extremism.

The Guide opens with the dynamics of violent extremism in the Sahel and surrounding countries to provide the background context. It then looks at the role of education for peace, resilience building and the prevention of violent extremism before going into specific key elements and tools for teachers. These include how to create spaces and opportunities for ethical reflections and community engagement along with core competencies for resilience-building and how to use transformative pedagogy. It also includes information on the importance of assessment of the learning and a chapter on activities and methodologies that teachers can use to engage learners. 

Issue Date: 2019

Author: The UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) 

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Preventing Violent Extremism in Africa


Title: Preventing Violent Extremism in Africa

Description: This publication, which is the result of a four-year regional development project, is intended to strengthen development interventions aimed at limiting the rise of violent extremism in Africa.

Issue date: 

Author: UNDP

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Preventing Violent Extremism through Education


Title :Preventing Violent Extremism through Education

Description: This publication provides technical advice to education professionals (policy makers, teachers and education stakeholders) on how to address the specific problems of violent extremism in each society.

Issue date: 2017

Author: UNESCO

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Can Education contribute to peace ?


Title: Can Education contribute to peace?

Description: This deeper question will enable us to probe the obstacles education faces in contributing to peace. The question will also help us clarify, towards the end, what we mean by peace when we use that word in the context of education in the contemporary world. 

Issue Date: 2018

Author: UNESCO

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Launch of the 2018 Global Terrorism Index


The 2018 Global Terrorism Index was launched at the GCSP on the 7th of December. Now in its 6th edition, the GTI report represents “a comprehensive study analysing the impact of terrorism for 163 countries and which covers 99.7 per cent of the world’s population.”  It analyses global trends in terrorism covering data from the last two decades. The report measures the impact of terrorism and provides the most up-to-date statistics on the number of fatalities associated with terror attacks. It also focuses on the emerging hotspots of terrorism as well as what drives global terrorist recruitment and what can be done to prevent terrorism in the future.  Learn more....

Source: GCSP



How ‘foreign’ are foreign terrorist fighters in Africa?


A one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work on a continent where ‘foreignness’ is hard to define.

In September 2018, five people acquitted of the July 2010 terror attacks in Kampala, Uganda, were re-arrested by the Ugandan Police. Omar Awadh Omar and four others were charged with possessing literature for the promotion of terrorism. These charges were later dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions following deportation letters for three of the suspects to Kenya.

Omar contested the orders by the Ugandan authorities to deport him to Kenya on the grounds that although born to a Kenyan father, his nationality is Ugandan by right of birth, as his mother is Ugandan.

Omar, the four other suspects and the eight convicts of the July 2010 bombing in Kampala were trained al-Shabaab operatives and the group claimed responsibility for the attacks. This is one of several situations that raise the question of the applicability of the term ‘foreign terrorist fighter’.

These cases may not be unique to Africa and there are indeed Africans who have travelled to other parts of the world to fight battles. However, within Africa itself there is a need to reflect on a range of issues when considering foreign terrorist fighters. Learn more…

Source : IssAfrica.org

 



Global Peace launched at the United Nations General Assembly


On 24 September 2018, Mrs Graça Machel, the chair of ACCORD’s Board of Trustees, addressed the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations in New York, USA, on the occasion of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. In her address Mrs Machel asked global leaders to put aside their interests and take real action towards the creation of peace. She highlighted the experience of ACCORD working in Africa over the past twenty-five years, and that the lessons gained from ACCORD have been used to establish ACCORD’s new initiative, Global Peace

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Source: Accord.org



How educational programs in Africa can help counter violent extremism


Somalia’s capital has been rocked by multiple bomb attacks in the past few months, and a May 6 blast in a border town killed seven Kenyan soldiers. In recent months, a series of bombings left dozens dead or injured.

Most analysts believe that al-Shabab, the al-Qaeda-backed extremist group that has waged an insurgency against the federal government for more than 10 years, is responsible for these attacks.

The recent violence comes in the wake of devastating twin truck bombs that killed hundreds in Mogadishu in October 2017. Despite making gains in security and governance during the past year, Somalia continues to struggle to escape the trap of conflict and instability. Learn more...

Source : Washington Post 



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