Countering violent extremism in education: a human rights analysis

Svennevig, Hans, Jerome, Lee ORCID logoORCID: and Elwick, Alex ORCID logoORCID: (2021) Countering violent extremism in education: a human rights analysis. Human Rights Education Review, 4 (1) . pp. 91-110. ISSN 2535-5406 [Article] (doi:10.7577/hrer.3980)

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Governments around the world have developed a range of policy approaches for countering violent extremism (CVE) in education. In this article we review a United Kingdom (UK) government website offering a library of resources (Educate Against Hate), evaluating the extent to which it is consistent with human rights principles. Whilst the advice, guidance and resources are varied and inconsistent, our analysis shows that children are frequently perceived as potential victims in need of protection, rather than individuals with agency, and they are rarely considered explicitly as rights holders. Whilst an equalities framework is used throughout the website, this is rarely linked to human rights, and does not prevent some stereotypical views of religious minorities being promoted. The article ends with an outline of how a more explicit engagement with children’s rights might help teachers to better align CVE policy with human rights education (HRE) principles.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Vol. 4 No. 1 (2021): Special issue International Conference on Education and Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC)
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 32299
Notes on copyright: (c) 2021 Mr. Hans Svennevig, Dr. Lee Jerome, Dr. Alex Elwick
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons
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Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2021 10:38
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2022 10:40

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