According to Letter of Understanding signed between the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and University of Duhok on February 11, 2016, the University of Duhok Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies organized the following activities: four brainstorming workshops on peace drivers with representatives from all communities to identify drivers of peace; three Community Peace Approaches workshops to peer mentors, including youth from communities around selected schools, and fifteen competitive sports activities with diverse, multiethnic teams. The conducted sports activities helped promote team building and teamwork among Duhok governorate high school students from different ethnic and religious backgrounds, including IDPs and Syrian refugee students.
Of the completed activities, the project reached five schools with mixed gender participants, as well as 6 all-male schools and 4 all-female schools. The age range in each school was 14-22 years old. A total of 487 high school students participated in activities, of which 345 (70%) were male and 145 (30%) were female. 140 students (29%) were students from refugee backgrounds. Additionally, a total of 64 peer youth mentors participated in brainstorming workshops, of which 33 (52%) were females and 31 (48%) were males. 47% were Iraqis while (53%) were Syrians. Finally, a total of 75 peer youth and students mentors participated in community peace approaches workshops, of which 44 (59%) were females and 31 (41%) were males. 49% were Iraqis while (51%) were Syrians.
The total number of participants in all project's activities was 626 (65% males, 35% females); 414 participants were Iraqis and 212 were Syrians.