11, (Xinhua/GNA) - African governments should invest in basic education and
vocational training for the youth to shield them from the allure of terrorist
groups wreaking havoc in the continent, experts have said.
who spoke on the sidelines of a Pan African conference on countering
terrorism on Wednesday, said that
education can be an effective tool of empowering vulnerable youth at risk of
being recruited by militants.
Ndong-Jatta, director of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) Regional Office for Eastern Africa, said that eradicating illiteracy
among African youth will boost the war against terrorism.
African youth and providing them with lie-long skills is critical to prevent
them from joining extremist groups," said Ndong-Jatta.
curriculum for schools should therefore be at the forefront of efforts to
cushion marginalized youth from radicalization," she added.
hosting the inaugural African regional high-level conference on
counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism attended by senior
policymakers, scholars and peace advocates.
that African countries should leverage on non-military interventions such as
education and employment for the youth to achieve success in the war against
Yokozeki, director of UNESCO affiliated International Institute for Capacity
Building in Africa, said that governments should invest in literacy programs
for under-privileged youth to ensure they participate in promotion of peace and
have shown that schools can be effective avenues for implementing
de-radicalization programs across Africa," said Yokozeki, adding that providing
African youth with social skills is key to dissuade them from joining terrorist
peace education coordinator at Kenya's ministry of education, said the allure
of violent extremism is gradually fading in marginalized regions thanks to
rollout of mass literacy and awareness programs targeting the youth.
basic education has helped the country win the war against violent extremism,
especially in the coastal and northern region hotspots," said Kitala.
She said Kenya has
adopted best international practices to tackle radicalization of youth through
persuasion and economic empowerment as opposed to military force.