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Fundamentals of Preventing Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism

The course “Fundamentals of Preventing Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism” is based on the ‘Leaders against Intolerance and Violent Extremism (LIVE)’ capacity-building initiative developed by the OSCE Transnational Threats Department’s Action against Terrorism Unit. The LIVE programme is designed to build the capacity of civil society in fostering community resilience to violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism (VERLT).

About This Course

This e-learning course aims to raise awareness, and to encourage and coach local civil society leaders to voluntarily, safely and efficiently speak up and take action against VERLT in a way that respects and promotes human rights and enhances the impact and sustainability of the community-level work.

The course is divided into four content sections. The final quiz in section 5 will be unlocked as soon as you have completed all content sections.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you will:
  • Understand the complex nature of VERLT;
  • Have acquired the knowledge about the roles of stakeholders representing multiple sectors relevant to preventing and countering VERLT and different response frameworks;
  • Better identify security needs and threats related to diverse manifestations of VERLT;
  • Understand the importance of the protection and promotion of human rights in responses to violent extremism and terrorism;
  • Understand how the Internet can be exploited by violent extremist and terrorist groups;
  • Have learned about media and information literacy in the context of preventing VERLT.

If you are not yet a registered user of the OSCE e-Learning platform, please register first and then log in to access the course. The estimated duration of the course is 1 to 1.5 hours and it can be completed in multiple parts.

Target Audience

LIVE intends to benefit people with leadership potential who are well connected in their communities, actively contribute to positive change, and who are motivated to make an impact in preventing violent extremism. It is designed for persons whose potential can be leveraged, rather than for persons who are already experts in the area of preventing violent extremism.

The course is intended to strengthen participants’ skills and knowledge so they can further contribute to building the resilience of local communities to VERLT, in line with the Do No Harm Principle.

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The development of the Leaders against Intolerance and Violent Extremism training course was made possible thanks to generous contributions from the governments of the Federal Republic of Germany, the United States of America, the Kingdom of Belgium, the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Finland, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Kingdom of Norway and the Slovak Republic. The contents of this course, including the views, opinions, findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed herein, do not necessarily reflect those of the OSCE, its donors or its participating States. This is not a consensus-based document.

Although the utmost care has been taken in the course’s preparation, the OSCE does not accept any liability for the accuracy or completeness of any information, for instructions or advice provided, or for misprints. The OSCE shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage arising from the use of information contained in this course. The OSCE is not responsible for the content of any external sources, including external websites, referenced in this course.