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Prof. Mehr Mohammadi Participates at UNESCO International Conference on the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education

 

The UNESCO International Conference on the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education, which was held in New Delhi, India on 19-20th September, was attended by more than 200 participants from 70 countries. Prof. Mehr Mohammadi, the acting president of Farhangian Teacher Education University, participated at this conference as the representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He made a lecture in a panel discussion on the role of school education in combating against the joining of the youth to the extremist organizations, racial and ethnic violence and violence on the cyber space. In this panel, Prof. Mehr Mohammadi presented some solutions to prevent violent extremism through school education. The solutions proposed by him are as follows:

·  Empowering the teachers as agents of change through in-service and pre-service training,

·  Manipulation in curriculums with an approach to delete violence,

·  Promoting the themes of citizenship and peaceful co-existence with religious minorities,

·  Inclusiveness of the educational system,

·  Preparing a guideline for policy making,

·  Emphasizing on media literacy in curriculums,

· Studying on rewriting the history textbooks according to intended educational impacts,

·  Removing deprivation from the education system in disadvantaged regions, and

·  Continuous focus on teachers and students in border regions in order to prevent them from joining the extremist groups.

It is noteworthy that this conference was hosted by Unesco Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustanable Development


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