Project of Iraqi-based research CSOs for the service of Participatory Action Research (PAR) and Youth Skills and Action
Overview of the British Council
KOHRW, in collaboration with the British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefits for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise.
About (PAR) Project
this project is a youth voice and development programme that is building greater civic engagement and community cohesion across Iraq. Initially funded by the European Union, the project was delivered over 42 months from October 2017 – April 2021. The overall objective of the programme was to ensure the practice of peacebuilding and development in Iraq is enhanced by the contribution of young men, women and people of influence. The project established 96 clubs countrywide, enabling ‘safe spaces for discussion on religion in the context of peacebuilding and exploring issues of interest to young people. the (PAR) project could consider as an extension of (the BC)
program to Discuss and address different points of view through a ‘rules-based’ guiding framework which strengthened active listening and critical thinking as well as the soft skills of participants generally. This has helped young people analyse and appreciate local contexts and deal with preconceived opinions and unhelpful stereotypes. Through this approach, TAHAWER has been able to build a nationwide community of thousands of young men and women which brings together the voices of Iraqi Arabs, Kurds, Yazidis, Christians and other religious minorities like the Shabak and Yarsani people. As a result, the participants have reported increased agency within their families, communities and public life.