Former Prime Minister Tony Blair told world leaders in Davos, Switzerland that better education will stop nations using religion to fuel conflict.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum (Wef), Blair said while extremism is not new for the history books, education is key to stopping significant proportions of countries falling into religious fanaticism and causing geopolitical conflicts.
"We have Jews, Christians, Muslims on this panel. If we can get on with each other, respect each other, see our diversity as a strength, the world will work better. This is obvious and clear," said Blair during a panel discussion.
"But at the heart of it you need to defeat the ideology based on a perversion of religion.
"There are young people in formal and informal education who are being taught a closed view of the world, not an open one."