U.S. Embassy Lome – Filling the educational gap in the fight against violent extremism

U.S. Embassy Lome, of the U.S. Department of State, announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to develop a preventative curriculum approach to counter violent extremism through education in Togo.

Priority Region:

All the 5 regions of Togo.

Program Objectives:

Togo, despite its proximity to countries affected by violent extremism, is one West African country that has experienced relative peace and security, until recently.

The escalation in violence in Burkina Faso has spread to neighboring countries, with Togo and Benin recording their worst Global Terrorist Index (GTI) scores on record. According to country officials, as of today, violent extremist attacks have led to 40 military casualties and more than 100 civilians were killed and 2,000 Togolese have taken refuge outside the country.

The need to carry out a curriculum development program to address the escalation in violence arose during the Togolese government’s validation workshop of the National Strategy for the Prevention of Violent Extremism (SNAPLEV), where it was noted that prevention through education (including education in prisons) was totally neglected in Togo.

This program should fill that gap and should be fully in line with the spirit of Togo’s national strategy.

The main objective of this NOFO is to leverage and highlight U.S. expertise and the growing U.S.-Togo relationship to help launch the teaching of prevention of violent extremism in schools and prisons through the development of a teaching manual for schools and the establishment of training and awareness clinics for prisons in Togo.

Expected Outcomes:

Specific outcomes should include one or more of the following:

  1. Development of a teaching manual to prevent violent extremism in Primary and Secondary Schools in Togo.
  2. Development of a handbook for the prevention of violent extremism in prisons.
  3. Teachers are equipped with knowledge and understanding of the drivers of violent extremism in Togo, including the importance of tolerance and social cohesion.
  4. Teachers have confidence in their knowledge and understanding of PVE terminology and language.
  5. Ministry of primary and secondary Education adopts the use of the manual into Togolese education curriculum to prevent violent extremism.Eligibility : The following organizations are eligible to apply:
    • Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations
    • Public and private educational institutions
    • For-profit organizations
    • Individuals
    • Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions


    Closing date : August 15, 2023

    Funding : $250,000 – $100,000

    Further information

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