Islam and Islamism: A discussion at our school about how we express our values

11 March 2015

A large, inner-city secondary school in Berlin reports on a visit from EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour who held a discussion for pupils about Islam and Islamism. The aim of the session was to engage pupils in a critical discussion about their values, as well as to raise awareness of radicalisation and fundamentalist strains of Islam.

Diesterweg Secondary School has a large intake of pupils with migrant backgrounds, with more than 30 nationalities represented among the pupils. Ahmad was invited to speak at the school as staff noticed that the topic is something pupils and staff are keen to talk about. The school reports that the Year 10 pupils followed the discussion closely, and showed great reflection about the themes covered.

Following the session with pupils, Ahmad held a workshop for teachers about how to identify and prevent radical tendences among young people.

This report is in German and can be read here.