Preventing Radicalization and Peace Building
Project Name : Preventing Radicalization and Peace Building
Implementing Organization : Better World Organization for Community Development
Funded by : Foreign Ministry of Finland in cooperation with Diaconia University of Finland
Period of implementation :1st September to 30th November, 2018
Five-day training on Peace and coexistence was conducted by a professional trainer for 20 youth from 3
different religions (Islam, Christianity, and Yazidi). The training started on Tuesday 11th September, 2018.
It lasted for 5 days; ended on Sunday 16th September, 2018. The participants were awarded with Certificates
at the end of the training. The training was implemented in Student center- University of Duhok. In addition
to the 5 day training, two sessions conducted on 24th and 25th September, for the same group of
participants. The first session was about UNSCR 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. The second one was about
leadership and how young people can play important role in their communities.
BWOCD prepared a visit to Islamic and Christian affairs departments and Yazidian Lalish center in Duhok for
the 20 youth who participated in the previous training. The aim of this activity was to make these
participants familiar with the work and activities of these places and to create social cohesion between the
attendees of different religions and backgrounds. This visit provided our participants with the peace
messages the three religions carry and work for. As a visit gift and a massage of peace, BWOCD awarded some
beautiful plants as to each of the three entities.
During the Five-day training, the 20 participants were divided into 4 groups each of 5 members to perform an
activity about peace in public locations on the occasion of World Peace Day 21st September. Each two groups
were leaded by a staff of BWOCD. Our staff provided the groups with their needs for the activity they
choose. This activities conducted on 22nd September, 2018.
First group (Zheela, Stevin, Ashti, Zainab and Duniya): they chose Barzani Park for conducting their
activity which was spreading peace among people from the community through distributing flowers with
positive expressions attached and asking people to write their opinions on peace.
Second Group (Hozan, Dhoha, Zheeman, Shaimaa, Nizar): this group conducted an activity for children
who suffer from Thalassemia in Hivi Hospital for children. They distribute color pens and drawing books
among the children and read stories for them.
Third Group (Nasreen, Nori, Hassan, Duniya, Nora): This group wrote peace letters and attached them
with flowers. They chose some children with different ethnicities and religions to distribute them in
Dilshad Park in Duhok. This idea was very welcomed by the people who were present at the Park.
Fourth Group (Warveen, Gida, Ali, Naxsheen, and Payam): this group conducted their activity in Azadi
Park in Duhok. They did the same idea of distributing flowers with positive vibes to the people from the
society in Azadi Park.
Organizing a workshop on how to work together for preventing radicalization and peacebuilding was the last
activity of peace day campaign project. 30 People from governmental entities, Civil NGOs, and active youth
who work in peacebuilding attended this workshop. The workshop embraced four basic axes (Education, Law,
Religion, and Community). During this workshop the participants were divided into groups according to the
four axes. First round, they made group discussions on the definitions of peace and radicalization and many
points were raised about the situation of the region and what can be changed for preventing violence and
radicalization. Then each group selected one person to present the groups’ opinions. Then the members were
exchanged between groups and they shared their opinions in group discussions. At the end, the attendees
asked an extensive report on the points being discussed as the result of this workshop for doing similar
activities and projects. Each group provided their recommendations and some ideas of projects. The
organization will work on the recommendations and plan to implement the ideas shared.