How to identify extremism in kids? This is what Mothers Schools teach women

New Delhi, Apr 1: Women without Borders, an international advocacy and research organization for women have started imparting ways among women to identify extremism in their kids.

The organisation has started concept of Mothers Schools to empower mothers to make their own solutions.

Mothers Schools teach women

"The Mothers School Model is a pioneering family-centered security platform that strengthens existing counter violent extremism (CVE) approaches by engaging mothers as an embedded security ally," informs its website.

The curriculum of schools have been designed to strengthen women's confidence and competence to recognize and react to early warning signs of radicalization in their kids.

"The curriculum includes ten modules taught by trained local leaders who conduct home-based meetings with groups of mothers in communities at-risk."

The Mothers Schools aims to empower and enable women to become agents of peace and stability in their families and communities as corners.

The pilot project of the Mothers School was launched in Kujand, Tajikistan in February 2013 with a three-day train-the-trainer workshop. The organisation received very positive response after the introduction of Mothers Schools.

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The innovative idea to empower women for security as an 'ally' in the home was an entirely new angle in counter radicalization efforts.

Upon the positive feedback and reception, the Mothers School concept was expanded to additional target countries including India (Kashmir), Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia and Zanzibar.

The Mothers School workshops have been conducted in Kashmir, Mewat in Haryana. Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection (BMASK) has co-financed the Mothers School projects in Kashmir, Zanzibar and Indonesia.

The model will also be implemented in Europe to address the ongoing foreign fighter phenomenon, informs the organisation.

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