Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in the face of violent extremist ideologies, hate and intolerance

Presented by

Lydia Ruprecht

Team Leader for Global Citizenship Education, UNESCO


Fabrice Teicher

Educator and trainer working on the prevention of violent extremism and conspiracy theories


Prof. Dr. Daniela Piana

Professor/Chair in political science, University of Bologna, Coordinator Rule of Law and Digital Citizenship, ICEDD, LUISS, Roma

May 7th 2020
Bluepoint, Brussels


May 7th 2020







Tel: +33 (0) 1 45 68 13 42



Lydia Ruprecht is Team leader for Global Citizenship Education (GCED) within UNESCO’s Section for Global Citizenship and Peace Education. Her areas of work currently also address the prevention of violent extremism and the promotion of respect for cultural diversity. Lydia has over twenty years of experience in development and the promotion of international understanding in various fields such as gender equality, education, HIV & AIDS, culture. In her capacities, she has been providing policy guidance and supporting national and international institutions in their efforts to implement internationally agreed development goals. Lydia holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Montreal (Canada), a Maîtrise in Political science and International relations and a Diplôme d’études approfondies in Political Sociology from Université Paris I – Sorbonne (France). She also pursued PhD studies at the Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (France) as well as post-graduate courses at the Essex Summer School (UK) in Social Science Data Analysis.


Fabrice Teicher has been working for 20 years in the field of education, training and international solidarity in Europe, Asia and Africa. In charge of the training programs then of the international projects of a French Scouting association, he then coordinated the educational department of the Holocaust Memorial in Paris, and later directed a humanitarian development NGO present in 12 countries, to help children in needs.

Holding a MA in Contemporary History from the Sorbonne University in Paris, he has been working for 20 years on the issues of racism, anti-Semitism and especially on issues of memory and victim competitions and conspiracy theories. This work has led him to intervene for some years in PVE programs in prisons, in schools and with professionals facing the rise of racism and extremism (civil servants, teachers, social workers, policymakers) as well as with International Organizations. He has been contributing to various PVE seminars and publications for UNESCO for the past few years, and is the author of an Online Course on Critical Media Literacy, on Unesco-APCEIU GCED Online Campus.

Fabrice Teicher is a member of the Radicalisation Awareness Network of the European Commission.

Prof. Dr Daniela Piana holds a chair of political science at the University of Bologna, is member of the scientific committee of the Council of the State and of the research committee on justice at the OECD. She has been developing as an international fellow a new methodology to promote the culture of lawfulness based on a combination of verbal and nonverbal languages. She is actively involved into the High Level Experts on E4J and chairs the UNITWIN network NetLearning.

Short contents:

In a time when societies are increasingly polarized, where trust in public institutions appears to be in decline, and where violence is perceived to be on the rise, how can schools support young people to engage meaningfully? How can education systems develop the cognitive, social and emotional, and behavioural competencies that are essential for developing peaceful and inclusive societies, and rejecting violence? Drawing from UNESCO’s latest work in these areas, this workshop will explore how education can build learners’ defenses against hateful and violent ideologies. What are the challenges, promising approaches and pitfalls?