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The role of education in preventing radicalisation

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Schools are key institutions to strengthen resilience and prevent youngsters from being attracted to radical ideologies and organisations. What is more, teachers are often among the first to note possible signs of radicalisation, and are important interlocutors for those affected (i.e. the individuals themselves, and their relatives and friends).

The discussion on teachers with headscarfs in Berlin takes a new turn

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Wearing a headscarf as a teacher is no longer considered a disqualifier, or ‘knock-out criterion’, in many federal states in Germany. Ever since the Federal Constitutional Court overturned the headscarf ban, vacancies in schools and for public administration staff are increasingly being filled by women who wear headscarves. Not in Berlin, however, where the so-called ‘Neutrality Law’ still applies. But for how much longer? So far, a unified stance has been elusive in the newly-elected Berlin Senate and thus the debate continues. This topic is, of course, well-suited for discussions with students. ufuq.de’s Julia Gerlach has compiled the most important facts, arguments and background information.

Pointing out alternatives – Videos and educational material to prevent radicalisation

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As part of the ‘Pointing out alternatives!’ project (‘Alternativen aufzeigen!’), we have created short films and exercises to support pedagogical work with students in grades 5 and up concerning Islam, Islamophobia, democracy and Islamism. The films tap into current issues and developments that youths are being confronted with in the media and show the differing perspectives. The films and accompanying exercises don’t deliver simple answers. Instead, they show that there are diverse viewpoints and ideas when dealing with such issues. This comes with the invitation to develop an own point of view.