Regional Workshop for Religious Leaders for Nouakchott Process Countries

CAERT-UFL Workshop

Wednesday December 11th, 2017: The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) organized, in collaboration with the Fusion and Liaison Unit (UFL-in its French acronym) and the Sahel League of Ulemas, Scholars, preachers and Imams, a Regional Workshop for Religious Leaders for Nouakchott Process Countries to review the teaching of religion in schools in order to avert the situation of youth radicalization to violent extremism which derives from the preaching of Radical interpretation of religion by Violent Extremist Groups.

The workshop therefore focuses on the skills and capacities required by religious leaders in order to play a meaningful role in the AU counter-radicalization efforts in the Sahel Region with particular reference to religious education in schools.

The opening ceremony was chaired by H.E. Ben Naoum of the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the support of the AU Special Representative for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and Director of the ACSRT, Larry Gbevlo-Lartey Esq., UFL Coordinator, Mrs. Zainab Kotoko and the President and the Secretary General of the Sahel League of Ulemas, Scholars, Preachers and Imams, Cheikh Ahmed Murtala and Dr. Belmehdi Youcef, respectively.

ACSRT and UFL, in their multi stake-holder, community based Human Security approach to countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization, seek to engage, inform, prepare and cooperate with identifiable credible voices in Sahelo-Sahara communities, in order to project alternative narratives and counter messages to the radical and extremist advocacy of the Violent Extremist groups in the sub-region.