Within the framework of target 4.7 of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 and 197 EX / Decision 46 of the UNESCO Executive Board, education systems around the world are called upon to pay greater attention to young people with knowledge, skills and values that promote responsible global citizenship, human rights, peace and sustainable development. Part of this concerted effort in West Africa and the Sahel is aimed at responding to the growing threat of violent extremism, which has created a climate of instability and negatively affects development efforts in the region. To face this problem, initiatives and platforms such as “United Nations Integrated Assistance in the fight against terrorism (IACT)”, the “Libres ensemble” initiative of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF ), the G5 Sahel, the Sahel Alliance and the “UN Support Plan for the Sahel” were launched to prevent violent extremism, including through education.
In this context, UNESCO has worked to prevent violent extremism through education (PEV-E), building on its long-standing commitment to peace and human rights education and , more recently, Global Citizenship Education (GCED), a new educational approach that aims to foster respect for all, strengthen the sense of belonging to a common humanity and help learners become citizens of the world. responsible and active world.
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Publication date: 2018