14th Sep 2016
Lynn Davies: Can education prevent violent extremism? Hard power is not enough to counter violent extremism based on hatred and ignorance. How can education help? What should we do to build resilience to propaganda among youth around the globe? How should schools address the issue? Should teachers have a surveillance role? These are some of the questions raised in this opinion piece.
22nd Dec 2015
British Journal of Educational Studies
This article analyses how education is positioned in the current concerns about security and extremism. This means firstly examining the different meanings of security (national, human and societal) and who provides security for whom. Initially, a central dilemma is acknowledged: that schooling appears to be simultaneously irrelevant to the huge global questions of security and yet central to the learning of alternative ways to conduct human relations.
29th Nov 2017
Zubeda Limbada, from the Connect Justice thinktank, said: “At a time when the Islamic State has attracted 500 British citizens, we need to ensure direct and ongoing community engagement with the diverse UK Muslim communities happens regularly in the fight against terrorism …
23rd May 2018
International Sociology Association
Preventing violent radicalization of youth through dialogic evidence-based policies: ConnectFutures, who involve former radicals in their programmes, to go to schools and talk with youth about how gangs and extremist groups attract their members and to contest their potential and make youth more aware of how to counter recruitment strategies and to prevent them from getting involved.
22nd Oct 2016
Zubeda Limbada & Lyn Davies: Since 9/11, there has been a trend of referring to terrorist attacks as “new terror,” which falsely and unhelpfully severs current acts from the longer history of political violence. There has been considerable discussion too about whether the current terrorism of jihad is a new phenomenon.
7th Sep 2016
With concerns about home-grown terrorism, or young people going off to fight, it is not surprising that a growing number of families may be worried that their children or relatives might be drawn into extremism. We try to answer some questions – starting with definitions (although it is important to note there is not universal agreement on these).
29th Nov 2017
BBC Radio 4
Should schools and teachers refer children they believe to be at risk of radicalisation to the Channel programme based on visual changes? Has enough clarity been provided to schools around this by government? Zubeda Limbada discusses the issue with the BBC’s John Humphreys arguing that common sense should prevail and that teachers should be able to concentrate on nurturing the mind of pupils as trust and relationships matter.
18th Oct 2019
In this panel discussion around what works in the counter extremism arena, Zubeda Limbada (Director of ConnectFutures) explores what practically works when engaging with young people and communities around tackling the narratives of hate on far right and Islamist extremism.
11th Sep 2015
BBC World News: Have Your Say
France has seen a peak in young people joining the terror organisation and the programme explores why this may be the case for those in Europe as whole. Is it about romance, a misplaced sense of adventure or the attractive messaging put out on social media? Zubeda (director -ConnectFutures) shares her thoughts around the complexity of the issues and the wider implications.
6th Jul 2019
Zubeda Limbada (director, ConnectFutures) articulates that legally banning ideas and individuals is not an appropriate measure when tackling extremist and/or terror ideologies as that is not a solution befitting of a democratic society. That approach didn’t work with Gerry Adams/IRA so driving ideas and individuals underground is problematic.
26th May 2017
Limbada, director of ConnectJustice, noticed that children have started to self-censor what they say to teachers in fear of innocuous question about the Middle East being misconstrued. “Some students come up to us and say ‘our parents have told us not to talk about these issues because they are scared we will be put in the Channel program’”, she tells TIME.
6th Jul 2019
London gangster is fourth man in Isis phone video: Last Wednesday the talk turned to a series of chilling images featuring a previously unknown Londoner brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle in Syria and threatening the West. The person in question can be revealed today as Abdullah Hassan, the fourth suspect…
23rd Aug 2014
‘No quick fix’ in dealing with extremism and radicalisations. New powers to tackle extremist groups are being looked at by the government, the home secretary has said. Zubeda Limbada from Connect Justice, a group which offers independent expertise in counter terrorism, spoke to the BBC about the problems in dealing with radicalisation.
13th Jan 2016
BBC Victoria Derbyshire
Listen to Laura Zahra McDonald talk about former extremists and the preventative roles. What does de-radicalisation mean versus disengagement? What happens when a former extremist does not give up belief in ideology especially through violent means. 850 UK citizens have gone to Syria as of 2016 so what role can the government play? What role does Prevent play in this?
5th Jun 2017
BBC Victoria Derbyshire
“The govt has got to engage beyond a minority of communities and build trust” Zubeda Limbada, director of ConnectFutures talks about homegrown extremism, prevention, Manchester and Westminster attacks, why terrorism occurs, and the practical steps communities, police and schools can take?
15th Dec 2017
In light of the Manchester and Westminster attacks of 2017, BBC’s Naga Munchetty asks Zubeda Limbada (director of ConnectFutures) what is Prevent, why some communities may not trust the scheme and the reasons why and how we at ConnectFutures try to address all forms of extremism in our Prevent training with schools and organisations.
12th Oct 2015
BBC Radio 5 Live
Prosecutors say that at the centre of the plot foiled earlier this year were a husband-and-wife team who put the self-styled Islamic State’s cause at the centre of their marriage. Listen to our Director, Zubeda Limbada discuss this with the BBC’s Dominic Casciani as to whether Madihah Taheer, 21 was a victim or a perpetrator?