Classroom courses that build students’ ability to respectfully communicate with others, be engaged listeners, and shed stereotypes and prejudices should sit front and centre in school curricula.
The Institute’s Generation Global programme provides teachers with practical classroom tools to build resilience in their students, by developing their skills of dialogue and by giving them opportunities to practise these skills with their global peers.
Now more than ever, young people need education that gives them the skills to understand and respect others and be comfortable with difference. To this end, major reforms are needed worldwide in the three key areas of curricula, resources and teaching.
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The Institute’s education programme, Generation Global, has joined forces with our research team to create a package of resources that will equip teachers to meet the challenge of talking about extremism.
The Institute's Generation Global programme (formerly known as Face to Faith), designed to make young people resilient to extremism and recruitment by extremist groups, is an "inoculation against extremist violence,” an independent study by the University of Exeter has found.
Our Generation Global programme has produced new resources to support teachers in dealing with difficult conversations about events, whether in the UK, the Philippines, or Syria. They are based on 10 years’ experience of supporting teachers in more than 30 countries and supporting dialogue between young people all over the world.
Around the world, education systems are struggling to prepare young people for the complex realities of our interconnected world. While many are concentrating on centralised curricula and standardised testing, there is also a consensus that education should give young people the soft skills that they need to make sense of, and play an active part in, a globalised society that is more integrated than ever before.