Tony Blair Calls for Global Education Reform

Foundation Update

Tony Blair Calls for Global Education Reform

16 Jan 2015

In an interview on CNN, Tony Blair called for countries to reform their education systems to teach understanding and respect of different cultures and religions.

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Summary

In a wide ranging interview with Jake Tapper on CNN, Mr Blair directly linked the way people are educated to the long term defeat of religiously motivated violence.

"I'm trying to make a point in order to change global policy. Millions of young people are being educated to a view of the world that is exclusivist, that is narrow-minded towards those who are different, and often religiously intolerant"

Mr Blair argued that this is not about the West versus Islam, but modern-minded people of all religions and none working together against those who are reactionary and extreme.

Read more about how the Foundation's global schools programme helps young people learn the knowledge and skills necessary to understand other religious and cultural perspectives and to resist extremist voices.