Religious knowledge among young people is a key factor in preventing extremism

Religious knowledge among young people is a key factor in preventing extremism. This topic was discussed at the Zhastar Research Center at the meeting between Deputy Minister of Social Development Berik Aryn and the youth leaders. The participants discussed the countermeasures to global challenges. They also outlined a plan of activities and measures to ensure understanding of religions.

BERIK ARYN, KAZAKH DEPUTY MINISTER OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT:

 - I informed the participants about the activities that we are currently implementing. In particular, I spoke about the project to create the Kazakh school of Islamic Studies which is primarily aimed at studying the history, development and spread of Islam in Kazakhstan.

The meeting brought together representatives of the Alliance of Students of Kazakhstan, the Congress of Youth, the national volunteer network and other organizations.

They will conduct extensive information work on the prevention of extremism in their communities.

ZHANNA KARIMOVA, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, ZHASTAR RESEARCH CENTER:

 - Our goal is to do high-quality targeted work with young people and in this regard, such meetings are very important. As part of these expert meetings, young people can ask questions about the prevention of religious extremism and terrorism as well as get some feedback on measures taken in this area.

2019 has been declared the year of youth in Kazakhstan. Organizers say that close attention will be paid to the improvement of religious literacy and the prevention of extremism.