Preventing radicalisation through education

19 February 2019

Attacks perpetrated by extremist groups in Europe have demonstrated growing divisions in society across Europe, which must be addressed. In this context, young people are key targets for recruitment by extremist groups and among the most vulnerable victims. Teachers and educators are on the frontline of current efforts to prevent the most vulnerable from becoming radicalised and embracing violence. They play a crucial role in educating young people to develop critical thinking and to become resilient to violent ideologies thus ensuring their inclusion in social and civic life, irrespective of their socio-economic, religious or ethnic background.

This Policy Dialogue – organised by the European Policy Centre (EPC) in partnership with the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) - brought together key policymakers and experts in the field of education and prevention of radicalisation. The panel discussed measures put in place by the European Union and the member states to address this challenge and assessed the way forward in building a more cohesive society.

Speakers included: Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, European Commission, Francesca Fabbri, Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre, Michèle Hassen, Co-Chair of the Working group on Youth, Families and Communities Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), Roberta Bonazzi, President, European Foundation for Democracy, Rodrigo Ballester, Member of Commissioner Navracsics’ Cabinet, European Commission.