The government in Spain's Catalonia region has decided to institute courses to help prevent the spread of Islamic radicalism among young people, among other reasons for the fact that there are no teachers of Islam or figures of reference for students in the Catalan school system.

Training courses will be offered to school administrators, teachers and personnel in neighbourhoods considered at-risk for youth radicalisation.

"In Catalonia there is a big problem with Islamic education in public schools," said Ignacio Cembrero, a 30-year Magreb expert with Spanish daily El Pais.

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