Capacity Building Programs

Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education Capacity Building Program


In the international community, there is an increasing need for Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education (PVE-E). For example, the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF) has prioritized the topic of education in the CVE working group since its inception in September 2011. This priority theme led to the development and acceptance of a framework document, the Abu Dhabi Memorandum on Education and CVE in September 2014, which was developed in consultation with Hedayah. The good practices were rooted in several expert workshops, desk research, and capacity-building courses on CVE and education that were conducted through Hedayah from 2013-2014. Hedayah also supported the Abu Dhabi Action Plan on Education and CVE, which was released in September 2015.

Program Overview

Following its long-standing involvement in CVE and education, Hedayah has been working closely with UNESCO and the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) to develop a comprehensive capacity building curriculum on Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE-E). These efforts follow Hedayah’s involvement in the field in addition to UNESCO’s two sub-regional workshops on PVE-E organized in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (February 2017) and Dakar, Senegal (May 2017) as well as the publication of UNESCO’S Teacher Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism. Drawing upon this guide, the curriculum intends to benefit a variety of actors in the education sector such as teachers and teacher trainers. Additionally, it trains them on preventative approaches and activities in school settings.

In particular, the curriculum focuses on three pedagogies:

  1. socio-emotional learning techniques;
  2. digital and non-digital literacy;
  3. creating safe spaces for classroom dialogue about challenging topics.

The program also includes a Teachers’ Guide which comprises a series of activities to be implemented in school settings with students. The materials and curriculum of this capacity building program are tailored to suit different contexts and are implementable on a global scale. Hedayah implements this curriculum in various regions to include East Africa and plans to target additional regions. For more information, check the latest updates on this program below. 

National Capacity-Building Workshop Report on PVE through Education in Uganda



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