The terrorists’ war on education – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

Terrorists understand the pivotal role that education plays in winning hearts and minds. That is why terrorist groups often attack schools and are increasingly turning to education as a way to spread their message. In response, foreign aid donors need to openly acknowledge that education is at the forefront of efforts to counter terrorism and prevent violent extremism and — where appropriate — should design programs with this in mind.
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai speaks during an exclusive interview with Reuters in Maiduguri, Nigeria July 18, 2017. Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde
Western-style education and schools have long been a target for terrorist groups. The worst school attack happened in 2004, when Chechen rebels (men and women) held a school in the Russian city of Beslan hostage on the first day of the school year. After days of negotiation, the Russian government stormed the building. 186 children were killed. Attacks on educational institutions have skyrocketed

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