UK mulls lessons on terror to check kids being indoctrinated by terrorists

October 9th, 2008 - 1:43 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Oct9 (ANI): In an attempt to get schools and colleges to tackle the problem of teenagers being radicalised or indoctrinated by terrorists, the UK Government is expected to announce a guidance strategy Plan Together To Be Safe whereby school and college students will be taught about terrorism and violent extremism.
According to an estimate, the scheme would cost the government around 4.5 million pounds.
According to, Schools Secretary Ed Balls will issue the guidance on how schools should approach the subject of tackling terrorism.
Earlier, the Government had issued advice for universities on how to prevent the spread of extremism on campus.
The guidance is expected to recommend that teachers in charge of citizenship-lessons should have greater freedom to discuss extremism.
Meanwhile, teachers have welcomed the plan. Christine Blower, the acting general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: Terrorist threats have to be tackled. The significant section within the guidance argues for much greater professional freedom to be allowed to teachers who are on the front line of promoting community cohesion. No teacher will ignore obvious information about a specific, real threat, but it is vital that teachers are able to discuss with and listen to pupils, without feeling that they have to report every word.
Chris Keates, the general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, said: We are living in challenging and difficult times which require concerted action if we are to overcome the threat of violent extremism, prejudice and bigotry. There can be no doubt that extremist groups are seeking to target young people in order to recruit and exploit them for their pernicious purposes. Schools can make an important contribution in helping to prevent young people becoming the victims of extremism. (ANI)

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