This week, The Brussells Tribunal launched a global petition and call for action to defend Iraq's educators, over 250 of which have been assassinated since 2003 and many thousands more have had to flee the country.
The petition is addressed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and is part of an action seeking justification for organising a fact-finding mission to Iraq.
Supporters of the action include Noam Chomsky, Harold Pinter, J M Coetzee, Bianca Jagger, Tony Benn and Eduardo Galeano.
Iraq need stability. Education must be allowed to continue if the country has any chance of developing and sustaining itself. Empowering Iraq's educational structure rather than force feeding it western political ideologies will be vital for its survival and growth.