Preventing violent extremism is one of the most challenging and important issues facing our society now.
While it is very rare for school children to become involved in criminal extremist activity, young people can be exposed to extremism or prejudiced views, including via the internet, from an early age. Schools, working with other local partners, families and communities, can help support pupils who may be vulnerable to violent extremism as part of their wider safeguarding responsibilities.
The great H.G. Wells once wrote :
“The Islamic teachings have left great traditions for equitable and gentle dealings and behavior, and inspire people with nobility and tolerance. These are human teachings of the highest order and at the same time practicable. These teachings brought into existence a society in which hard-heartedness and collective oppression and injustice were the least as compared with all other societies preceding it….Islam is replete with gentleness, courtesy, and fraternity.”