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Citizenship Values Education

In today's digital world, vulnerable youth face heightened exposure to extremists and their content. They're bombarded with extremist messaging on the internet and social media channels, and frequently suffer from internal conflicts of identity and belonging, inability to cope with distressed home lives, and a human longing to fit in. These prime factors in the radicalization of today's youth, coupled with interactions with religious or racially-charged extremism, mean that extremism is a problem that needs to be addressed via the public education system. We need to discover new and effective ways to make vulnerable youth think twice in the face of hate-filled extremist narratives. 

The Road to Radicalization: How Are Youth Recruited?

The curriculum program focuses on capturing youth in the 0 and 1 stages of radicalization and turning them towards better narratives. It's a method of counter-extremism that relies on community, culture, and instilling values before youth even have the opportunity to connect with radical extremists. Education is a major, and often overlooked, component of the solution.


The program focuses on creating a curriculum that empowers youth to say "NO" to extremist recruiters. It aims to endow vulnerable students with a strong sense of identity to minimize susceptibility to extremist narratives, while also addressing mainstream student behaviors that perpetuate isolation and conflicts of identity in vulnerable youth. The curriculum also trains teachers to be a bridge between the curriculum and students while understanding and recognizing the signs of vulnerability as well as the precursors to radicalization.

The curriculum program focuses on capturing youth in the 0 and 1 stages of radicalization and turning them towards better narratives. It's a method of counter-extremism that relies on community, culture, and instilling values before youth even have the opportunity to connect with radical extremists. Education is a major, and often overlooked, component of the solution.


The program focuses on creating a curriculum that empowers youth to say "NO" to extremist recruiters. It aims to endow vulnerable students with a strong sense of identity to minimize susceptibility to extremist narratives, while also addressing mainstream student behaviors that perpetuate isolation and conflicts of identity in vulnerable youth. The curriculum also trains teachers to be a bridge between the curriculum and students while understanding and recognizing the signs of vulnerability as well as the precursors to radicalization.

Potential Topics Presented in the Curriculum Include: 

  • Enlightenment Thinking & Values

  • National Historical and Cultural Education

  • Pluralism, Multiculturalism, and Peaceful Cohabitation 

  • Assimilation without Loss of Cultural or Ethnic Identity

  • Intercultural Workshops, Meetings, and Discussions

Strategic Methodology

Your Expert Consultant

We work within and understand the unique cultural and demographic environment that influences vulnerable people before extremism takes root. We hold a uniquely informed and objective position to help craft a never-before-seen curriculum to fight the threat of extremism through the public education system. Ideas Beyond Borders can bring together key strategists, educational powerhouses, and the best counter-terrorism leadership to create a realistic, actionable plan. 

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