IOG Supports the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization in Baghdad
In its convening role, the Institute on Governance (IOG) supported the participation of the world renowned, Montréal-based Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV) at a conference in Baghdad this past March on the topic “Education in Iraq post Daesh-ISIL Terror”. This collaboration was conducted under the auspices of the resiliency-building component of the IOG’s Iraqi program funded by Global Affairs Canada. CPRLV is the first independent, UN-recognized, non-profit organization aimed at preventing violent radicalization and providing support to individuals impacted by the phenomenon.
CPRLV representatives, Dr. Herman Deparice-Okomba, executive director, and Roxane Martel-Perron M.Sc., Prevention and Skills Development Manager, provided advice to the Iraqi government on the re-integration of youth who grew up under the control of the Islamic State group. This advice centred on potential reforms of the education system to build resiliency against militancy, particularly in those areas formerly held under IS controlled areas and schools, which practiced indoctrination. Thousands of students have been returning back to re-opened schools by Iraqi authorities as conflict subsides, as reported by UNICEF.
Dr. Deparice-Okomba, recommended to the minister of Education to hold a national conference to fully evaluate the total effects and impacts of Daesh-ISIL in the past decade. Areas of consideration proposed by the CPRLV focused on reforms that emphasize Iraq’s history of tolerance and national reconciliation, as well as community-based approaches. Further recommendations by the non-profit include the creation of a psychosocial intervention department, a violent extremism prevention policy, training for front-line practitioners (psychologists, religious figures etc.), and reintegration programmes for children who attended IS-led schools, in order to provide a prosperous path forward for the children and youth of Iraq.