Cultivating peace through education in Southern Sudan

In 2007, IRIS began an initiative with Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and the University of Juba in Juba, Sudan, to develop a curriculum that would focus on peace, gender and pluralistic concepts in order to address the critical need for peace education in the war-torn country of Sudan. IRIS’s public relations specialist, Emilee Richardson, had the opportunity to sit down with the Southern Sudanese participants on August 10. She asked questions about their lives as well as the desperate need for peace education in their country and how this program can help.

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Volunteer Corner: Thanks to our wonderful hosts!

Kim Hope Athay is IRIS’s volunteer coordinator. She is in charge of working with volunteers and coordinating short-term host families for various programs. Kim also works with the YES program. This is her thank-you to the people who open their homes to our international guests.

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YES7 Alumni Project Winners!

The YES Program doesn’t end when the students leave the United States. The second component involves students participating in alumni projects once they return to their home countries, and IRIS strives to support our students not only while they’re in the Midwest, but also once they’ve returned home. This year’s alumni project winners tell about their projects!

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