Migration and Home Affairs

Education Working Group (RAN EDU)


Education plays an important role in shaping the identity of children and youngsters, and transmitting democratic and social values. Consequently, teachers are at the frontline when it comes to potentially identifying early signs of radicalisation. They are well-positioned for prevention work, both for identifying and safeguarding vulnerable young people at risk of radicalisation, and for teaching critical thinking skills from the first stages of education.

The working group on Education will focus on the need to better equip teachers so they can play a crucial role in preventing radicalisation. The aim is to raise awareness of the topic, but also to empower and strengthen capacity to deal with radicalisation in educational settings.


RAN Policy and Practice (Warsaw): Building resilience among young children

Holding difficult conversations: the classroom


After RAN activities and Working Group meetings, an ex-post paper highlights lessons learned, insights and follow-up initiatives.

RAN EDU The role of primary education in preventing radicalisation: a realistic and optimistic perspective, Lisbon 15-16 November 2018 (also available in French and German)

Transforming schools into labs for democracy, A companion to preventing violent radicalisation through education, 2018

RAN Policy & Practice Event, Building resilience among young children raised in extremist environments – specifically child returnees, Warsaw 4 July 2018

RAN RVT & RAN EDU Building resilience in the classroom using testimonials from victims and formers, Madrid 24-25 May 2018

RAN EDU Free speech, extremism and the prevention of radicalisation in higher education, Manchester 08-09 February 2018 (also available in French and German)

RAN EDU Dealing with fake news, conspiracy theories and propaganda in the classroom, Budapest 29-30 November 2017 (also available in French and German)

RAN EDU Drop-outs and going back to school, Paris 28-29 September 2017

RAN EDU and RAN POL meeting on Polarisation Management, Stockholm 10-11 May 2017

RAN EDU Guide on training programmes ‘Effective and confident teachers and other school staff’, Helsinki 1-2 March 2017 (also available in: Albanian | Macedonian | Serbian.)

RAN EDU The school needs partners, Madrid 1 December 2016

RAN Involving young people - Main lessons learned, Vienna, 1-2 June 2016

RAN EDU School leaders and prevention of radicalisation, Antwerp, 19-20 April 2016

RAN EDU Empowering and supporting teachers, Gothenborg 24-25 February 2016

RAN Education kick-off meeting, 25-26 November 2015


Working Group leaders:

  • Karin Heremans, Belgium
  • Michele Hassen, France

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