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Preventing Violent Extremism through Education: Effective Activities and Impact; Policy Brief
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Paris | 2018 | 12 p.
Corporate author: 
UNESCO Education Sector

Since 2015, UNESCO has driven forward the importance of education in preventing violent extremism (PVE-E) in the framework of its efforts to advance Global Citizenship Education (GCED). Despite the growing number of PVE-E activities globally, there is a lack of evidence on their effectiveness and impact.
This Policy Brief seeks to provide answers to two questions: (i) What types of PVE-E activities tend to be more effective in having impact? and (ii) What is the proven impact of PVE-E activities?
The aim is to help education stakeholders undertake programmes with stronger positive impact and take evidenced-informed decisions on spending priorities.
The Policy Brief shows that PVE-E does work, highlighting various kinds of activities proven to be particularly effective, and recommending ways forward to develop stronger evidence on what works and does not.

Resource Type: 
Case studies and research papers
Policy and strategy materials
Peace / Culture of peace
Preventing violent extremism
Level of education: 
Primary education
Secondary education
Non-formal education


Violent extremism; Violence; Terrorism; Peace education; International education; Educational policy; PVE-E