EWC in panel debate on right-wing extremism and prevention in the classroom

On October 3rd, EWC’s Ingrid Aspelund participated in a panel discussion organised by our partner the 22 July Centre in Oslo. The topic addressed was the role of schools in preventing right-wing extremism, hate speech and intolerance. 


Sharing EWC’s experience working with the Council of Europe learning materials, such as Teaching Controversial Issues, Aspelund highlighted the importance of creating safe spaces for learning and specifically dialogue about controversial issues, which is important to encourage self-reflection, understanding of others and to break down simplified perceptions of “us” and “them”. 

One of the issues emphasized at the seminar was that the role of schools is not necessarily to implement new policies on how to preventradicalisation and extremism, but rather there is a need to strengthen the role of schools in educating fordemocratic citizenship, human rights and inclusion. This approach builds on the democratic mandate of schools and is very much in line with international education policies, such as the Reference Framework for a Democratic Culture (RFCDC).  

The other speakers at the seminar were teacher and researcher Christer Mattson from the Segerstedt Institute in Sweden, Professor Claudia Lenz from the MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, and Shaheer Ghulam Nabi from “Dialogpilotene” and mentor in the Norwegian Correctional Service. 

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