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Countering violent extremism in education: a human rights analysis

Svennevig, H; Jerome, L; Elwick, A; (2021) Countering violent extremism in education: a human rights analysis. Human Rights Education Review , 4 (1) pp. 91-110. 10.7577/hrer.3980. Green open access

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Abstract

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.

Type: Article
Title: Countering violent extremism in education: a human rights analysis
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.7577/hrer.3980
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.7577/hrer.3980
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright (c) 2021 Mr. Hans Svennevig, Dr. Lee Jerome, Dr. Alex Elwick Creative Commons License. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10123836
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