Eye on the world: Restoring education in Iraq

In “Neglected under ISIS, schools in eastern Mosul overflow with students once againThe Christian Science Monitor reports on the return of students to the classroom in Mosul, Iraq. “Classes are overflowing at Al-Muthanna primary school in eastern Mosul, just weeks after Iraqi security forces ended the self-declared Islamic State’s nearly three-year reign here.” The community is “trying to resuscitate an education system stunted by a jihadist curriculum and IS’s unforgiving regime.… Education was a key casualty of the occupation, which began in June 2014.… For residents of an ancient Iraqi city long renowned for the quality of its education and its historical embrace of ethnic diversity, it was a devastating loss.” However, with the stability of Mosul now in the hands of the Iraqi people, there’s hope, and “today, the students’ smiles are irrepressible.”

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible:

Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Psalms 37:4, 5

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

… progress is the law of God … 

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 233

Children .The spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 582

Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:

In “Resilience”: “Christian Science teaches that an understanding of God and of man’s relationship to Him enables us to look beyond a challenge and ask ourselves what God, divine Mind, knows as actually taking place in divine reality.” And “As our understanding of these spiritual facts deepens, we learn to see a crisis not as an unsolvable dilemma but as an opportunity to prove God’s present perfection and His eternal, loving care for His offspring. Instead of yielding our thinking to fear or discouragement or self-pity at times of challenge, we can turn to God in prayer, humbly endeavoring to understand what He knows of His man and creation.”

In “Education for all children”: “As a world citizen committed to quality education for children, anyone can agree to acknowledge in prayer the Godlike qualities—such as intelligence, courage, persistence—that are expressed by, and on behalf of, children. We can expect such prayer in turn to reveal new ideas and shine a spotlight on what is already working well.” And “As expressions of God, every child has a grand purpose, and therefore cannot be deprived of his or her vitality and joy, and opportunity to learn. Children cannot be left out in the darkness of ignorance or demoralized by injustice, indoctrination, and inaccurate concepts about them. And under divine Love’s care, they cannot be victims of political or ideological agendas, nor deprived of tenderness and protection. As we affirm these truths in our prayers, we invoke the power of God. Healing results.”

The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.

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