The Department of Guidance and Educational Counseling at the University of Information Technology and Communications organized an awareness lecture on preventing violent extremism. The university hosted Dr. Jasim Al-Sadr, who discussed the concept of extremism, violent extremism, components, forms, causes, motives, and consequences of extremism, as well as its effects, in addition to the early signs of extremism. The lecture also proposed a strategy for community initiatives aimed at combating violent extremism.
Al-Sadr pointed out that extremists see their ideas as applicable at all times and places, relying on ideological, political, racial, and sports extremism. Causes that lead to extremism include illiteracy, ignorance, family disintegration, biased fatwas, and deviant ideas, which affect social peace, security, development, and the absence of freedoms.
The lecturer also addressed proposed strategies for addressing these issues, including strengthening family-based social networks, activating the role of education at all levels, and the prominent role of media in broadcasting prevention programs and utilizing all means to protect society, especially young people, from extremist ideas.