Iraqi education has for long been suffering from an out-dated curriculum, poorly qualified teachers, overcrowded classrooms, lack of exposure to developments, but above all an environment that is not conducive to prepare children to be peace loving global citizen. Bearing in mind the diversity of ethnicities, religions, minorities and languages that live in Iraq, what kind of education should the education authorities follow in order to have as outcome adults who are inclined for peace and have the right kind of skills to be creative and peaceful citizens of their communities, of Iraq and of the international community? The paper scrutinizes the current education programmes and assesses its validity and whether it is suitable for the outcomes that have been laid out for them. Furthermore, the paper proposes a totally different approach in handling education for a population as diverse as Iraqi communities. Iraq’s diversity is so broad; it engulfs people who do not understand each other’s languages, sects, religions and it also include alienated/marginalized minorities. What kind of education would make all Iraqi children acquire a feeling of belonging to it as equal citizens? We want kids who have learned to play together, to sing together to speak each other’s languages and simply to have fun together and to become the tolerant peaceful citizens of tomorrow. The paper wants to offer an intrinsic view of a person who have lived the whole story and have had a firsthand experience of the realities of the diversity of the Iraqi communities.
Salahaddin University, Erbil, Iraq
Stream: Education for sustainable development
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