II. Educational Initiatives
- Emphasize an active learning style, including simulations and games, to develop critical-thinking, civic education, civic responsibility and human values.
- Integrate values of civic education and civic responsibility into popular subjects such as math, science, engineering and medicine, where relevant, in both state and private, including secular and faith-based, schools to give students a practical application of those values.
- Develop vocational training programs in regions where violent extremist recruitment is triggered by unemployment and lack of financial opportunities.
Ongoing initiatives include:
Kenya, United Kingdom (Research Institution-IC thinking)
“Integrative Complexity”— Educators are working with neuroscientists and psychologists to design interactive exercises and curricula that reduce black-and-white thinking. Preliminary data has shown that the IC model is useful in increasing students’ abilities to hold multiple, conflicting viewpoints as valid.
Pakistan (Sabaoon/“New Dawn”)
“Deradicalization of Youth”— This deradicalization program in Swat Valley aims to rehabilitate ex-Taliban fighters and trainees of school age (12-18) through a program conducted in a school setting. The center aims to provide access to quality academic education and sports facilities to give these young adolescents a second chance at life. The center focuses on treating the physical and psychological effects of traumatic experiences, includes lectures refuting the doctrine of extremists groups, involves psychological counseling and self-worth training, and provides education on personal hygiene, heath, ethics and vocational training.
United Kingdom (Tony Blair Faith Foundation)
“Education in Refugee Camps”— This program focuses on providing quality education refugee communities, particularly those displaced from Iraq and Syria. The program encourages appropriate civic education, uses an applied learning model and emphasizes critical thinking skills.