Preventing polarization through education: a bilingual discussion about the CEFIR social innovation project (B/SI)
May 7, 2019 | 11:00 - 12:00Location: Peller C
Track: Leading Success
The Centre d’expertise et de formation sur les intégrismes religieux, les idéologies politiques et la radicalisation (CEFIR) works to prevent radicalization by contributing to scientific knowledge on religious and political extremism, testing innovative social practices and transferring knowledge to actors and sectors—youths, teachers, community workers, law enforcement and regional and provincial decision-makers—that interact most closely with the issue. The CEFIR has put in place an intensive continuing education program, where professors (both experts and practitioners) and college students assist in research and the development of training workshops for the community. College students who get involved in CEFIR become agents of social change in their communities. The workshop will explain CEFIR’s pedagogical model through a discussion with participants about the phenomena of social polarization and radicalization that lead to violence.
Director, CEFIR and sociology professor
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