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Jakarta Declaration on “Violent Extremism & Religious Education”

MPI's Alumni Outreach Assistant Mely Sabina E. Lengkong, along with several other MPI alumni, attended the regional workshop on "Violent Extremism and Religious Education." They also produced the following declaration:

Jakarta Declaration on “Violent Extremism & Religious Education”

Jakarta, 13 December 2017

We, participants of the regional workshop on “Violent Extremism and Religious Education,” from various countries in Southeast Asia and beyond;

Reaffirm that violent extremism has multi dimensions and religion is only one part of them;

Recall the document of Secretary General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism that underlines seven action priorities: (1) dialogue and conflict prevention; (2) strengthening good governance, human rights and rule of law; (3) engaging communities; (4) empowering youth; (5) gender equality and empowering women; (6) education, skills development and employment facilitation; and (7) strategic communications, the internet and social media;

Highlight participants’ concern that religion, particularly religious education, has untapped potential and resources for preventing violent extremism;

Acknowledge that while there are different contexts and changing dynamics across geographical lines and time frames, there is interconnection and shared aspirations on the need to strengthen religious education to prevent violent extremism;

Hereby declare that following actions are necessary:

  1. To denounce any acts of violence in its various forms, including in the name of religion and ideology;

  2. To advocate government to review and regulate policies on religious education that nurtures tolerant, respect, and inclusive attitude including towards minority groups;

  3. To strengthen engagement with communities and work with them to be more resilient in countering and preventing violent extremism and building social cohesion that may embrace both survivors and perpetrators;

  4. To intensify inter- and intra-faith dialogue and engagement as an indispensable part of religious education both formal and informal;

  5. To promote religious literacy, particularly among religious leaders and to improve capacity of religious education teachers;

  6. To build capacity of parents and caregivers in facilitating a holistic development of children, including their spiritual and psycho-social development;

  7. To commit towards mainstreaming gender equality in religious education;

  8. To empower youth to be front liner in countering and preventing violent extremism, particularly towards their peers;

  9. To encourage everyone to be more pro-active in advocating peaceful messages, including through internet and social media;

  10. To strengthen religious education network as a platform for sharing lessons learned and exchanging best practices on preventing violent extremism.
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