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UNESCO SEL for Youth Waging Peace free Online Course hosted by UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development: Apply now!

Apply now for UNESCO SEL for Youth Waging Peace free Online Course

This course equips youth with social, emotional and critical thinking skills to tackle challenging situations, and guides the educators on how to help youth become resilient future leaders.


The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) delightfully informs you that the online course “Social Emotional Learning for Youth Waging Peace” (SEL4YWP) has been launched, addressing the needs for the SDG 4, SDG 16 and Youth, Peace, and Security (YPS) Agenda. The course is likely to be in line with the World of Scout Movement vision – mission and agenda, particularly in the area of diversity-inclusion, peace, and humanitarian action as well as your important initiative Messengers of Peace.

Targeting mainly for 18+ audience including higher education students, practitioner/peace builders and faculties, this course equips learners with social, emotional and critical thinking skills to tackle challenging violent situations and to become resilient peacebuilders. 

In particular, the course develops trauma- and system-informed interventions to preventing violent extremismconflict transformation, peacebuilding and individual-community resilience  in which the competencies of mindfulness, empathy, compassion and critical inquiry are established and strengthened along with systems thinking, non-violent actions and media-information literacy. 

Conceptualized on neuroscience and whole-brain learning approach, the self-directed course uses a narrative, graphic novel format for scenario-based learning to engage learners and provides opportunities to reflect and arrive at their own insights.

The course is hosted free-of-cost on the UNESCO MGIEP FramerSpace platform (with full EU-GDPR privacy compliance) taking approximately 16-20 hours to complete and learners receive a certificate issued by UNESCO MGIEP. We also provide global interaction platform with other learners ( and regular online master class (every three-four weeks), as well as on-site/offline training for facilitators.

More information can be found in the course brochure and video

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Course Objectives

PVE aims to strike at the root causes of violent extremism with the goal of finding peaceful, inclusive, sustainable solutions.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) defines Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) as addressing the root causes (of violent extremism) with the aim of finding peaceful, inclusive, sustainable solutions.

This course aims to address this with a special focus on the role of education in addressing two interlinked challenges:

a) The rise of extremist ideologies that can lead to violent extremism using a development and peacebuilding approach firmly grounded in social emotional learning and human rights principle.

b) The need to build and sustain increasingly diverse and multi-cultural societies, which requires attention to institutions, communities and individual resilience and promotion of empathy, mindfulness, compassion, critical inquiry for a just and peaceful world.

Course Details

SEL for #YouthWagingPeace course is a powerful online course designed specifically for youth (18+) to learn how to use social and emotional learning for the prevention of violent extremism.

Aimed at youth peacebuilders, this course will help in cultivating critical social-emotional competencies, develop systems-informed interventions to prevent violent extremism, and work towards building sustainable peace in their immediate communities.

The online, self-directed course uses narrative format for scenario-based learning (graphic novel look-and-feel) to engage learners with the course content and provides them the opportunity to arrive at their own insights by exploring the story and the topics along with a fictional character, Kalamfariku, and the experiences and viewpoints of 4 characters from the story, Amum, Wondoo, Kimsha, and Magrub.

The course takes approximately 16-20 hours to complete and learners receive a certificate issued by UNESCO MGIEP.

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