Schools are one of the most powerful tools to mitigate extremist influences. They are key to achieving the tolerant and open-minded societies of the future. But they can also be where negative influences—skewed historical narratives, hatred of others, gender inequalities and even political violence–can take root. IMPACT-se (Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education) is a world leader in researching, translating and exposing intolerance in school textbooks from the Middle East and beyond, while advocating for positive change.
IMPACT is a research, policy and advocacy organization that monitors and analyzes education. It employs international standards on peace and tolerance as derived from UNESCO declarations and resolutions to determine compliance and to advocate for change when necessary.
A pioneer in the field of textbook analysis, IMPACT presents a clear picture of how different nations educate their children in relation to religion, societies, cultures, democratic values and the Other. It is dedicated to peacemaking between peoples and nations by encouraging acceptance of others and rejection of violent conflict.
Our aim is to prevent radicalization of children and youth as the most vulnerable members of society. We believe that children should be nurtured and prepared for futures of hope, success and happiness while taught to embrace mutual respect and acceptance of others who may differ in various ways from themselves.