The capacity building workshop for the countries of West Africa and the Sahel, was organized in close collaboration with IICBA and APCEIU from 9 to 11 May 2017 in Dakar. The following countries participated in the meeting: Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Guinea‐Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.
This workshop was organized on the basis of a long‐standing partnership between UNESCO and the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), which strengthens its action on PVE. The regional workshop on capacity building for the prevention of violent extremism through education mainly used UNESCO materials and those for youth promoted by OIF. This workshop is a follow‐up to a similar initiative for education stakeholders of East and Southern Africa, organized in Addis Ababa in February 2017 by UNESCO through its International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA).
The overall objective of the workshop was to guide the countries of West Africa and the Sahel towards the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE). This includes familiarization with key issues, challenges, and opportunities identified to implement and further stimulate the implementation of the PVE strategy at the country level.