Minnikhanov offered to create an Academy of young Muslim leaders

© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase in Photobacterium of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov. Archival photoMinnikhanov offered to create an Academy of young Muslim leaders© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase the image Bank

President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov at the meeting of the strategic vision group «Russia – Islamic world» proposed to establish a joint Academy for young leaders, which would be engaged in training of highly qualified personnel in the spirit of traditional values of Islam, are able to effectively counter religious extremism, the press service of the head of the Republic.

The fourth meeting of the group of strategic vision «Russia – Islamic world» held on Monday in Dagestan. The main topic of discussion – countering extremism through education of young people.

«One of the important directions in activity of our group is the cooperation in the field of education and interaction with young people. In light of the military defeat the terrorist group ISIL (ISIS, is prohibited in Russia) on the agenda the question of the ideological orientation of the youth, its education and successful implementation. Convinced that the effective opposition of religious extremism must be added to the already used measures of scientific and educational character», — the press service quoted speech Minnikhanov at the meeting of the group.

According to Tatarstan President, youth most rapidly accumulation and realization of negative protest potential. The negative economic, social, political, and other factors contribute to the formation of radical views and beliefs, and terrorist and extremist organizations actively use modern information technology, popular among the youth for indoctrination and ensure constant replenishment of the ranks of its supporters.

Minnikhanov addressed members of the group initiated the establishment of a joint Academy for young leaders. The idea is to coordinated the training of highly qualified young personnel. The Academy proposed to develop a training programme for young people with courses in Russia (on the basis of Bulgarian Islamic Academy), and in the Islamic countries interested in the implementation of the project.

«This would allow the use of experience and a rich intellectual potential of our countries for training of specialists of new generation. Probably a substantial part of it would be appropriate to focus on the synthesis of modern technology and traditional values, the partnership of civilizations and governance in the conditions of a multipolar world. It is important to prepare our young people to a new reality and a new world order, responsible and honest attitude towards own country and its partners», — noted the head of Tatarstan.

The group of strategic vision «Russia — Islamic world» was created in 2006 under the leadership of Yevgeny Primakov’s and Mintimer Shaimiev as the Advisory body for the expansion of cooperation between Russia and Islamic countries in all fields. In 2006-2009, the group held five meetings in Moscow, Kazan, Istanbul, Jeddah and Kuwait. In 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin has authorized the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov to lead a group of strategic vision «Russia – Islamic world» and to resume its activities. In June 2015 in Moscow was held a meeting of the group in an updated format. Currently, the group consists of 56 people from 28 countries, it includes former high-ranking officials, representatives of science and the public, the business community, religious leaders (Islam and Orthodoxy).

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