PSI represented at UNESCO meeting in Bahrain

Youth@the Crossroads: A Future Without Violent Radicalization

UNESCO and the Kingdom of Bahrain co-organised a Meeting on Youth@the Crossroads: A Future Without Violent Radicalization, in Manama, Bahrain, 15-17 June 2008. Opened by the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain and by the Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, the Meeting brought together – under the chairmanship of Prof. Joseph G. Jabbra of Lebanon – more than 100 representatives of community-based and national programmes from all regions of the world as well as observers from several Member States. Andres Pastrana, former President of Colombia, and Ashraf Ghani, former Finance Minister of Afghanistan, were keynote speakers at the event.

Sharing of experiences

The Meeting allowed the sharing of experiences and analysis of some 50 best practice examples (including “Students for Teaching Peace” presented by Hetty van Gurp, Peaceful Schools International)  offering different approaches to counter violent radicalization among youth, structured along the following six themes:

  • Building Confidence, Competence, and Leadership Skills through Community Action: Mentoring, Counselling, Volunteering, and Outreach;
  • Curricular and Extracurricular Educational Approaches;
  • Employability and Job Skills;
  • Technology and Connectedness: Promoting Life and Social Skills, Networking and Knowledge-sharing;
  • Information and Media;
  • Youth Development Perspectives – Community Impact

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