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Promoting peace education in Islamiya schools

Countering the narrative of apathy towards ‘western education’ in Maiduguri, Nigeria

This project aimed to increase understanding of the compatibility of Islamic principles and conflict resolution in Nigeria.

There is an alarming division between Islam and Christianity in Nigeria, exacerbated in part by corruption, political patronage and a general breakdown of democratic governance. Greater effort must be made to not only increase community awareness of the role of Islam in peacemaking, but also change negative perceptions of western education.

We hoped to improve understanding among parents and pupils of Islamiya schools on the role education and conflict resolution can play in fostering peace in their communities, as well as encourage greater acceptance of this so-called ‘western education’ in the community.

Through our research, we have identified 24 Islamiya school directors, 20 male and female scholars/preachers and 500 parents of children at Islamiya schools who we hope to positively influence and encourage to become advocates of the compatibility of Islam and conflict resolution.

This project ran from December 2015 to March 2016.