Liam O’Donnell and Monica Turner || 25 November 2017 | Budapest
School serves as the chief catalyst of creating a knowledge-based and objective population. With this in mind, the Education and Youth Council within the European Union has mandated the adoption of measures within the classroom to curb the spread of youth radicalization toward the cause of the Organization for National Self-Determination.
This committee is taking a proactive and hands-on approach towards the issue by implementing, the mandatory recruitment of psychologists in every school, with the exact number varying in accordance to school size. Another initiative proposed to monitor abnormal behaviour would be “investigations within schools where UN officials sit in but don’t make a big deal about it... monitoring academic performance and any hints to youth radicalization,” as mentioned by the Estonian delegate.
How UN officials would be able to observe students without disrupting the normalcy of the classroom hasn’t been commented on.
The authority of this council will affect students’ curriculum as well through the implementation of new mandatory classes such as Global Studies, which would incorporate the Union and its role into public education. Political Science is another addition, providing students with a greater understanding of terrorism and its impact on Europe and beyond.
New protocols are being implemented to ensure that schools are prepared in case of terrorist attacks. The council approved the construction of bunkers within every school in the EU and security is being tightened as well. Students will also learn to protect themselves and others with a first-aid extracurricular program aimed ensuring that they know “how to act if there is a terrorism act, they can help before emergency vehicles arrive,” according to the Estonian delegate.
Measures to take a more unconventional approach will also be taken by schools under the new regulations from the Education and Youth Council who, according to the Austrian delegate, have been “discussing various ways to reach out our youth and utilizing technology.” It was realized by the committee that social media is a popular outlet for the spread of radicalization: “Social media is a key factor in terrorism recruitment.. and we are trying to tighten legal restrictions in ways that students are not allowed to access things that are favouring radicalization.”
This council has made substantial progress in finding unique ways of countering the threat posed by ONS by trying to terminate the root of the problem: youth radicalization. As mentioned by the Austrian delegate,“terrorism only works if we allow it to.” This is the overarching ideal that represents what the Education and Youth Council is trying to do, and they have been clearly working towards this goal. We have been very productive, especially in the last two sessions…