The Iraqi School The Afghani School The Northern Irish School The Lebanese School The Nepali School The Bahraini School The American School The Ukrainian School
The Iraqi School
The Iraqi School in Baghdad would be for the children of the Sunni, Shi'a, and Kurdish leaders of Iraq's political parties and government. Click here to learn about Iraqi politics.
The Afghani School
The Afghani School would be for the children of the national Afghani politicians based in Kabul and for the children of the general public too. Children of the Taliban could be admitted too if that is acceptable to the other political parties. Currently the Taliban is a banned party. Click here to learn about the political parties in Afghanistan.
The Northern Irish School
In Northern Ireland, Protestants and Catholics signed the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 and the St. Andrews Agreement in 2006, two peace agreements. Their leaders are now working together in the Northern Ireland Assembly in Belfast, and the future looks promising. However, peace agreements are fragile, and the leaders' children are still going to different schools. The Northern Irish School in Belfast would be for the children of these politicians in the Northern Ireland Assembly and for some children from families in the general public there.
The Lebanese School
There already happens to be a political agreement in Lebanon. This is the Doha Agreement that was signed in 2008. However, like with all freshly signed agreements, the political situation remains very fragile. The Lebanese School in Beirut for the children of the politicians from all the parties could strengthen the peace. The weights in the admissions formula for the incoming two-year-olds each year could be based on the number of seats each party holds in the Parliament of Lebanon. After future elections, those students - now older - would still study at the school, but the weighted formula for the newest two-year-olds would shift according to the latest polling results. Click here to read about Lebanese politics in the last decade.
The Nepali School
Nepal endured a 10-year civil warfrom 1996 to 2006, and there is, in fact, a peace agreement. However, the Nepalese Constituent Assembly has been trying to agree on a constitution, but it has not yet accomplished this task. The current political scene in Kathmandu is chaotic as this BBC article from 05/28/2012 explains, and there is a chance the country could slide back into anarchy. If the leaders of the opposing political parties could first agree to send their children to the same school that would stress the benefits of cooperative learning, this could have a dramatic effect on the collaborative abilities of the politicians in drawing up the country's first constitution. Click on these links to learn about the current state of Nepali politics.
The Bahraini School
Bahrain is a country that has a Sunni-led governement and a population that is predominatly Shia. In February 2011, Shia protesters began demonstrating for a fairer share of political power, and these protests resulted in casualties. The protests have continued to this day. A school such as The Bahraini School, for the children of the Sunni and Shia political leaders, could have a very positive effect on easing the tensions in the country. Here is more information about the Bahraini uprising.
The American School
Though there is neither an ongoing nor recent civil war in the United States, its national government is very polarized. Several politicians who have operated successfully at the bipartisan level in recent years have quit out of exhaustion. Fewer and fewer politicians are willing to collaborate at a deep level with those in the other major party. Click here to learn more about polarized politics in the United States government in Washington, D.C. If Democrat and Republican leaders in Washington sent their children and grandchildren to the same K-12 school where collaborative learning would be implemented for at least 30% of the lessons, there might be a gradual "trickle-up" through each child's family tree of collaborating more deeply with those in the other political party.