It is important to closely examine how the Iraqi government is rebuilding a conflict-sensitive educational system that will hopefully devote itself to both the mental health and the intellectual development of young Iraqi children. With this in mind, a peace education program seems like a viable solution for Iraqi children.
A youth project in Iraq brings together Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and the Iraqi al-Amal Association in a multi-phase project that focuses on youth and academics to build a culture of peace in the country.
UNICEF has been responding to friction and shortages in Kirkuk by establishing a programme to foster peace and tolerance, starting in schools. “It’s essential that education provision is equitable and that schools are conflict-sensitive so that they can promote peace,” says Kelsey Shanks, a consultant with UNICEF.
Japan contributes additional US$16.7 million to stabilization in Iraq: funds support peace education
Part of the funding will go to the Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) and will be used for community reconciliation and peace education amongst different ethnic and religious groups.