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Conference on Role of Education in Combating Terrorism

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Jeddah: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), represented by Sawt Al-Hikmah (Voice of Wisdom) Center and Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS), jointly held a conference on the “Role of Education in Combating Terrorism and Extremism” on April 9-10, with broad participation of stakeholders. The conference reviewed the experiences of countries in combating extremism and terrorism through revamping education to develop the coexistence culture through pedagogical systems. OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen indicated that the conference takes place at a time when the phenomenon of violent extremism plaguing the Muslim world during the past three decades is on the rise. He stressed the importance to consider the ways in which curricula face the incursion of this phenomenon, which is categorically alien to the Islamic societies.
The OIC chief stated that every act of violence or extremism is the result of a distorted intellectual mindset that has developed and penetrated undetected away from the positive values of modern schools and formal curricula.