Director-General to speak at the European Parliament on the role of education in preventing violent extremism


On 21 March, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, is in Brussels to give a keynote speech during an event on the role of “Education for preventing violent extremism” held at the European Parliament, and organized in partnership with UNESCO.
Mr Pavel Telicka, Vice-President of the European Parliament, and Mr Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Member of the European Parliament, will open the event that will take place in the presence of Members of the European Parliament.

The Director-General will highlight the importance of ‘soft power’ and the message of the UNESCO Constitution to counter a threat that draws on an exclusive vision of the world, based on false interpretations of faith, hatred and intolerance.

The event will feature a Panel Discussion that will explore “How to prevent violent extremism and radicalisation through education”. Paolo Fontani, UNESCO Representative to the European Institutions will moderate the panel including Pat Dolan, UNESCO Chair Child and Family Research Centre, Hans Bonte, Federal representative for the constituency of Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde, Sara Zeiger, Senior Research Analyst, Hedayah, and Afzal Khan, Member of the European Parliament.