Tunisian youth commit with UNESCO to counter violent extremism | Tunisia News Gazette

Tunisian youth commit with UNESCO to counter violent extremism

Young Tunisian civil society activists Hayfa Mansouri and Aslam Souli took part, on Tuesday in Paris, in the launch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)’s Prevention of Violent Extremism through Youth Empowerment in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia project. The two-year project launched by UNESCO and funded by Canada aims to build the capacity of young actors of the Arab civil society committed in countering violent extremism in four countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

It also aims to support youth so as to become key actors in preventing violent extremism and to integrate countering this issues in all forms of education.

The project further aims to mobilise media professionals and online youth communities so as to combat radicalisation and online hate speech.

Safeguarding cultural heritage and promotion of cultural diversity to mainstream a culture of citizenship and human rights in communities, and their critical roles as global citizens and contributors to a sustained peace is also one of this project’s objectives.

Through this project, UNESCO will provide support to grassroots initiatives conducted by youth in the education, science, culture and media fields in order to counter this problem, Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay said. This project will build the capacity of young Tunisian civil society actors to alert their peers against the risks of violent extremism and radicalisation, Aslam Souli told TAP.

Hayfa Mansouri, brainwashed by radical Islamists at the age of 14, presented a testimony on her experience, her de-radicalisation and her commitment to fight this phenomenon.

The marginalisation of youth at different levels will push them towards extremism, hence the need to work jointly so as to provide solutions for their problems, she indicated.

Tunisia’s Ambassador to UNESCO Ghazi Gherairi said the development of the youth’s critical thinking will immunise them against this phenomenon.

Source: TAP News Agency

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