Learning World: Getting an Education in Conflict Zones
Part 1 - Schools as Shelters for Yazidi Refugees, Iraq
In the north of Iraq, war has forced the Yazidi minority to move to the Kurdish province. This displaced population has been resettled in schools. Zarkar, a student from the Dohuk community, explains this is seriously affecting local children: “It has a huge effect on us as students. Although it has been two months since the school year began, we don’t know if the school is going to start soon”. Walid, one of the displaced persons living in the schools, is also concerned by the situation: “We want the school to be available to the students as soon as possible, and demand that the central and local government liberate the occupied areas so our children and the local Kurdish children can attend school”.
Watch this video to learn more about how the war in Iraq is hindering access to education.
Part 2 - Displaced Children Start a New Life, Ukraine
Refugees not only suffer from leaving their hometowns but also have to learn how to integrate into their new communities’ language and cultural backgrounds. The Lvic Vasyl Stus Gymnasium School in Ukraine has received many displaced Crimean families and tries its best to help them to integrate. “The person responsible in our school talks with children, and our psychologists communicate with them as well,” Director Mykhhaylo Zaremba explains. Teachers also do their best to adapt their lessons and facilitate displaced families’ adaptation to their education environment.
Learn more about Crimean students’ integration into Ukrainian education and the learning ecosystem.
Part 3 - Teaching Peace in Former Conflict Zones, Afghanistan
In Afghanistan, a country hit by war and violence over the past three decades, education for peace is essential to educate the young in the principles of peace and mutual understanding.
Since 2003, the Help the Afghan Children NGO has been implementing a peace education program that has already reached more than 85,000 students. Using role-play, the program teaches students how to resolve aggressive situations in a peaceful manner.
Zahra, a student, describes the program’s positive impact for her and her family. Her brother says, “Since she joined the peace education program she has become extremely peace-loving. She also teaches us what she learns. We no longer fight like before”. Watch this video to find more about Help the Afghan Children’s peace program.