Vivek Venkatesh Discusses Social Pedagogy and Hate at The Walrus Talks

UNESCO-PREV co-Chair and Project SOMEONE Director, Vivek Venkatesh recently spoke at The Walrus Talks Living Better in Toronto, on October 29, 2019. During his seven-minute talk, Vivek discussed the role of social pedagogy in negotiating and understanding different perspectives, as well as sharing his personal connection to hate and the transformative effect it has had on him. To listen to the talk please click here. Photo: Amir Asif

Challenges and Solutions in the Prevention of Violent Extremism Through Education: Promoting Evidence-Based Activities for Youth Resilience and Engagement

As part of the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference, UNESCO-PREV co-Chair, Vivek Venkatesh, will be participating in Challenges and Solutions in the Prevention of Violent Extremism Through Education: Promoting Evidence-Based Activities for Youth Resilience and Engagement. Organized and moderated by UNESCO, this side event will feature interactive debate among experts and practitioners around ‘effective’ PVE-E activities. For more information, please click here.

The UNESCO-PREV Chair Launches the PREV-IMPACT Project

The UNESCO-PREV Chair is leading PREV-IMPACT, a new research project to develop evaluation models for PVE programs adapted to the Canadian context. A worldwide rise in extremism and terrorism-related violence and the subsequent limits of the security response, have led to an increase in prevention and intervention programs in recent years. However, this boom has lacked a clearly defined and rigorously delineated conceptual and empirical base. In response to the need for urgent action, frontline workers have adapted their intervention experiences from other fields, with negligible evidence of their effectiveness to date. PVE-CVE actors thus lack evidence-based or promising practices to guide

UNESCO-PREV Chair Annual Report 2018 Now Available

The UNESCO-PREV Chair Annual Reports provide a comprehensive overview of its organizational structure; statistics; actions, activities and impacts; financial partnerships and grants.  The 2018 Annual Report is now available and includes structure-related actions, such as team member recruitment, website creation, the gradual implementation of internal structures, the initial phase toward a global mapping of expertise and bank of specialists set to expand over the coming years. It also contains several major research projects, scientific publications, and numerous training, awareness and knowledge transfer activities. To view the 2018 Annual Report, please click here.

The UNESCO-PREV Chair invited to conduct a workshop in Colombia

 The City of Bogotá, Colombia and its Chamber of Commerce invited Pablo Madriaza, the General Coordinator of the UNESCO-PREV Chair, to lead a two-day workshop on the prevention of radicalization leading to violence in schools from August 26 to 29, 2019. Representatives of various public sector institutions attended the event whose aim was to develop a preventive protocol against violent radicalization adapted to secondary schools. Much of Colombia’s recent history has been marked by the presence of extreme left and right-wing armed groups, some of which are recognized by Public Safety Canada as terrorist groups, including the FARC [Fuerzas Armadas

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