CTED, Tony Blair Faith Foundation urge counterterrorism education

Participants at a recent United Nations roundtable agreed on the necessity of promoting education in countering violent extremism and terrorism.

The meeting, which took place at U.N. Headquarters in New York, was organized by the U.N. Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. The participants engaged in an expert roundtable and a joint meeting with U.N. Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee member states, according to a committee press release.

The participants agreed to work together to strengthen the potential of education in countering terrorism.

"It is clear that education is essential to the dialogue that takes place among young people," Jean-Paul Laborde, the executive director of CTED, said. "The values they learn in school will have a direct impact on the choices they make in later life."

During an address to the committee in November, Tony Blair, the former prime minister of the U.K., called on governments to develop sustainable, long-term policies to foster a change in attitude among future generations, take their responsibility seriously to instill respect for other culture in young people and uproot extremist thinking.

"We need to equip young people with the knowledge and skills to resist extremists' messages and ensure that our education systems teach children to recognize the positive effects our connected world can have," Blair said.

The participants discussed educational programs that would promote intercultural tolerance and understanding. They also talked about ways to promote active state engagement.

CTED and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation are working to identify practical ways to use educational policies to stop the spread of terrorist ideologies and narratives.