MOTHERS SCHOOL

The Mothers School Model is a pioneering family-centered security platform that strengthens existing counter violent extremism approaches by engaging mothers as an embedded security ally. The Mothers School curriculum facilitates critical dialogue and targeted training to strengthen women’s confidence and competence to recognize and react to early warning signs of radicalization in their children. The curriculum includes ten modules taught by trained local trainers who conduct home-based meetings with groups of mothers in communities at-risk. Women without Walls in collaboration with Women Without Borders Vienna conducted a pioneer project of the first ever mothers, school in West Africa.

The mother’s School is about training local women to be the first line of security for their homes and community. The Mothers School was launched in Jos; 2014 as the first of its kind in Plateau state, Nigeria by Women without Walls Initiative and has since then trained 275 women within a span of two years in Gangare, Angwan Rukuba, Buachi Road and Gada Biu/Kabong. The Mothers School curriculum facilitates critical dialogue and targeted training to strengthen women’s confidence and competence to recognize and react to early warning signs of radicalization in their children. The curriculum includes ten modules taught by trained local trainers who conduct home-based meetings with groups of mothers in communities at-risk.

The curriculum emphasizes the distinctive role women can play in the security sphere by facilitating constructive communication and thoughtful authorities in their families. It promotes open dialogue, listening, and empathy with one’s children, which not only allows mothers to have a deeper understanding of a child’s emotional and psychological state, but also lessens the need for children to seek out external methods of coping with the turmoil of adolescence. The idea of empowering mothers as security ‘allies’ in the home was for many, an entirely new angle in counter radicalization efforts, but one that they welcomed with open arms.