The battle against Islamic radicalisation in Europe is to be taken into the classroom.
The European Commisssion is setting aside €400 million from its Erasmus+ programme. The aim is to help students in primary and secondary schools learn critical thinking and democratic values. It will also include youth volunteering to help with the issue of youth unemployment
It will use the existing e-twinning programme, with around 300,000 teachers to establish links between schools and teachers across the EU.
Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport explained to euronews how it would work: “Up to €400 million we can open new chapter in Erasmus+ for organising conferences, workshops, for sharing best practices and mobilising those stakeholders at local level who can serve as a role model for local communities.”
Fighting violent extremism is high on the EU’s agenda, particularly so since the suicide bomb attacks in Brussels in March which left 32 dead and hundreds more injured.
Representatives from EU member states will debate the issue at the EU council meeting on education, culture and sports council meeting in Brussels on 30-31 May.