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 Anti-terror classes in UAE schools?

Sharjah - Officers were speaking at a forum called 'intellectual deviation'

By Afkar Abdullah

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Published: Mon 28 Nov 2016, 6:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 28 Nov 2016, 8:08 PM

The Sharjah Police have urged authorities to introduce an anti-terrorism awareness subject across schools. They also called for enhancement of religious studies at mosques to fight the spread of terror ideas.
Officers were speaking at a forum called 'intellectual deviation' organised by the Sharjah Police Academy on Sunday. Participants have also called for the need of a national foundation to fight terror thoughts by spreading educational awareness among members of the society, especially youth.
The message of peace and tolerance must be conveyed to members of the society using easy and simple method of religious and social teachings, they said.
Participants agreed that intellectual deviation is a dangerous social phenomenon which is a real motivation to commit crimes. Proposing of the anti-terrorism national foundation which includes members of sectors of society and organisations would contribute towards combating intellectual deviation targeting youth through social media and all other digital means such as games, websites and apps.
Police personnel said they would expand the role of the community to the police to contribute towards combating the intellectual deviation phenomenon.
Addressing the forum, Dr Mohammed Al Othmani, Director of Sharjah Police Academy said the forum would help the police identify the concept of intellectual deviation, its social effects, and the factors and reasons why it spreads among the youths.
Dr Rashad Mohammed Salim, Director of Al Qasimiy University said intellectual deviation as a behavioural disease would harm whoever adopted it, mentally, emotionally and behaviourally.
Dr Mansour Krouz, executive-director of Hadaya (anti-terrorism centre) stressed on the role of education in combating terrorist thought among youth through sports and culture organisations, as well as educational institutions that would be able to replace terrorism with tolerance and positive thoughts.
Col. Dr Sultan bin Obaid Al Nuaimi, Deputy Director of security information department at Abu Dhabi Police said the police are taking great efforts through its initiative 'Amman' on spreading awareness among students in schools and universities.
"During police investigation in many cases we have found that intellectual deviation caused by excessive involvement in social media, bad companions, free time and lack of family supervision."
The forum was held under the patronage of Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and attended by Brig. Saif Al Zeri, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, as well as a number of police officials and students of various universities in the emirate.

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