Club de Madrid Members and experts developed 10 benchmarks, under the Global Consensus framework, as a comprehensive response to violent extremism. The second benchmarks calls upon “political leaders to ensure that every individual, group and community has equal access to opportunity.”
In relation with this framework, four Madrassas across the states of Bihar and Maharashtra have volunteered to impart skill development training to 1,200 Muslim youth by integrating with the government-run Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills (MANAS).
The MANAS program was setup by the Ministry of Minority Affairs of the Government of India.
MANAS is a skill development program aimed at providing training to minorities for skills currently in demand, and to ensure their sustainable livelihood, with emphasis on further achieving self-employment.
A significant section of the Muslim population is engaged with Madrassas. Due to this reason, they can be useful as an effective channel for imparting skill development programs, saving both time and resources. This way, the involvement of the community and its leaders is ensured.
It aims to integrate and engage Muslim youth with community leaders and clerics, and to help the government reach out to minority youth and deter them from being influenced by extremist, radical ideology of groups, such as Islamic State.
As the Global Consensus reads, “Governments need to understand the link between education, employment and opportunity, and remove barriers and facilitate social mobility and connectivity.”
Precisely, programs such as Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills, make the effort to involve minorities and provide opportunities for their further socioeconomic development. Club de Madrid embraces initiatives which safeguard the rights of minorities and their integration in an inclusive society, as a way to prevent radicalization.