IV. Family-Based and Community Approaches

Good Practice 20

Involve youth in the development of educational programming related to CVE.

Youth are often perceptive of the conditions that lead their peers to radicalization and recruitment, and can shape CVE programs creatively and in ways that are relevant to their cohort. Research also shows that youth often listen to their peers as much as or more than adults.

 

Good Practice 21

Engage community leaders in education to raise awareness of violent extremism and effective techniques to counter it.

Community leaders can be broadly influential beyond schools. Such figures can help to amplify and coordinate narratives to counter violent extremism in their communities, leveraging various platforms, with the lessons that are taught in formal educational settings.

 

Good Practice 22

Offer opportunities for families to receive training on countering violent extremism and ways in which to build resilience in their families.

When possible, it can also be useful to train parents on identifying the early warning signs of radicalization to violence so that they can help counter it at home. Where feasible, schools can be physical settings for educating families and parents directly via other existing programs such as literacy and vocational programs. It is important to provide families with a point of contact with appropriate authorities if they detect signs of radicalization to violence.

 

Good Practice 23

Interact with families to reinforce lessons learned in formal educational settings that build resilience to violent extremism.

Raising awareness of school lessons with families can help to reinforce the same concepts at home, and provide opportunities for practical application. This might be done through the formation of parent-teacher organizations within schools.