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Rule of Law and Social Justice with Iraqi Youth

Iraqi youth enjoying a birthday lunch before departing RaleighInternational Focus had the privilege of coordinating a special program for a group of 13 high school students from Iraq and their English Professor as they visited Raleigh through World Learning’s Young Leaders Exchange Program. The topics of the concentration were Rule of Law and Social Justice. Several meetings were arranged in the Triangle to give the students a clear understanding of the issues facing both Iraq and the US with respect to social inequality. During their stay, the students had the opportunity to perform volunteer service and directly address low income and homeless recovery at the Interfaith Food Shuttle and the Green Chair Project. The students took part in discussions on human rights, education issues, and cultural considerations associated with social justice. To put into practice what they learned, students participated in Capital Teen Court, and cast ethical judgement with American peers toward juvenile misdemeanor offenders. To relax and enjoy themselves a bit, the students ended the program with a visit to Wrightsville Beach and a night at a Durham Bulls baseball game. The students were happy to have met several American peers and hope to keep in touch with their new friends and host families.

Making friends Iraqi youth engaging with American youth

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