Free Online Course on SEL for Youth Waging Peace by UNESCO MGIEP [16-20 Hours]: Register Now!

Registrations are open and invited for the Free Online Course on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for Youth Waging Peace by UNESCO MGIEP.

About the Course

The UNESCO MGIEP SEL for Youth Waging Peace 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.

Course Objectives

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to youth peacebuilders around the world,
  • Applicants should be at least 18 years old.


Upon completing the course, learners will receive a certificate from UNESCO MGIEP.


The course takes approximately 16-20 hours to complete.

How to Register?

Interested participants can register for the course through this link.

Click here to view the official notification of the Free Online Course on SEL for Youth Waging Peace by UNESCO MGIEP.


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