In the attached podcast, Sima Kotecha from the BBC talks to teachers and students and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson girls’ school in north London.
The sentiments in the broadcast echo those of Alison Jamieson and Jane Flint in their book Radicalisation and Terrorism: A Teacher’s Handbook for Extremism.
Both the podcast and the book show that schools can play an important role through providing opportunities for discussion and debate.
As Alison Jamieson, an expert in terrorism, explains:
‘One can’t promise children that attacks will never happen again, but one can provide them with reliable and objective information.
It is important for children to understand what terrorists want: they want governments to over react, they want publicity or attention; they want to change behaviour; they want to stir up hatred between different groups of people. Terrorists don’t want us to stand together and feel united. Most of all they want to keep violence and hatred going.
Knowing that terrorism can and does end, as the examples of Northern Ireland and South Africa show, can help address some of the very real fears and concerns that children have today.’