Data collection underway In Erbil

Published: February 28, 2024

Researchers from the EPP network are currently collecting data in Iraq, studying two distinct areas.

Research Fellows, Nidal Al Haj Sleiman and Jumana Al Waeli are embarking on two fascinating research projects.

Jumana has been conducting research exploring educational experiences of young women who were displaced to Kurdistan from Mosul and Nineveh plains in 2014 during the invasion of ISIS.

While Nidal is researching the role of school leaders in equitable and socially just education and policy enactment in different types of schools in Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

Reflecting on her work so far Nidal said: “The data collection process took place over the last month and involved five case studies [schools] that explored and analysed the socio-cultural and policy aspects of schools, and in-depth interviews with 10 school leaders, involving mainly principals and other senior leaders.

“Case studies included an international school, a local private community school, and three public schools (a Kurdish, Assyrian, and Arabic schools).

Nidal added: “The second phase of data collection will take place in April-May 2024 where leaders will engage in developing their own reflective analytical journals based on the outcomes of interviews and case studies.”

Jumana said: “For the past three weeks, I’ve been in Erbil, Kurdistan, conducting research under the EPP project.

“My research focuses on the educational experiences of young women who were displaced to Kurdistan from Mosul and Nineveh Plains during the 2014 invasion of ISIS.

“I have conducted interviews with young women from different backgrounds and areas in the Nineveh Plains, and their accounts revealed diverse experiences.

Jumana continued: “Some were able to overcome social, economic, and political barriers to complete their education, while others were not. The stories also shed light on the impact of formal and nonformal educational interventions on their learning journeys and future ambitions. This was a rewarding research process, which will continue in April.”

Further updates on this research will be published on the EPP website in the future.

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