Education Peace and Politics is a British Academy funded project to better understand the Iraq education landscape, with the aim of promoting social cohesion and equal opportunities in the classroom.
This initiative will create a well-established research network focused on all areas of education and widen research capacity for future researchers.
Experts in the field will collaborate on projects to better understand challenges facing learning and teaching throughout Iraq and other countries affected by conflict.
Education in conflict-affected contexts is complex and often highly politicized, with a range of internal power dynamics impacting delivery. Rather than acting as a vehicle for peacebuilding and human rights agendas, education is often manipulated by both state and non-state groups for political motives. Political economy analysis (PEA) can play a critical role in helping to understand education reconstruction and reform. PEA provides a lens through which to investigate the political processes at work between different local, national and global actors. It can facilitate exploration of all moments of the education policy cycle, including agenda setting, policy formulation and policy implementation.
The overarching goal of the EPP project is to inform socially just education systems and provision for children and young people in contexts of conflict and protracted crises. To achieve this EPP aims to strengthen critically informed analysis of education in Iraq and support local researchers to explore educations role in building sustainable peace.
The project is a partnership between Ulster University in the UK and Koya University in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). EPP facilitates individual, institutional and environmental capacity exchange in support of education research in Iraq and the KRI. The project provides tools, resources and mentoring support to over 20 education researchers from across Iraq and hosts a network of PhD students from across the Middle East.
EPP hope to challenge the northern domination of knowledge production in conflict affected contexts by supporting a new generation of scholars and practitioners to undertake political economy analysis of education systems. We seek to ultimately influence change in global practice for the benefit of children and young people in conflict affected countries.