The ongoing conflicts in the region have led to continuous waves of displaced persons from Syria and Southern Iraq seeking refuge in the KRI. This displacement and all the issues that come with it, have placed children and adolescents aged 6-17 at the highest risk of not starting or continuing their education.
The reasons why these students are not being schooled, are as diverse as their circumstances. Some students left their schools because of the lack of transportation, others left because of the lack of governmental support for the schools in camps (due in part to the economic crisis in KRG-Iraq).
Those students who are in schools are suffering from low level of learning materials, poorly trained teachers and inadequate basic school supplies (notebooks, pens, books) which leads to poor performance and high drop out rates.
Since 2012 WADI has provided assistance for Syrian refugees in Iraqi-Kurdistan through a variety of projects addressing their many different needs. On Dec. 2015, WADI with the support of UNESCO implemented the project: Provision of Secondary Education for IDPs and Syrian Refugees in KRI, Iraq targeting more than 3000 IDPs and Syrian Refugee students for one year. That project successfully achieved its objectives and supported 3000 students.
Now in Aug. 2017, WADI has begun a new project supported by UNESCO to implement Access to Inclusive Quality Primary and Secondary Education for IDPs and Refugees in Crisis-Affected Areas in Iraq which will be funded by The European Union (EU) in KRI (Erbil, Duhok and Sulymaniah). This project aims to support 6000 Syrian Refugees students in KRI, along with 400 teachers in a total 15 primary and secondary schools, over the course of 3 years. As a lead partner WADI will be providing capacity building, through staff training, workshops and implementation monitoring of local partner organization “Jinda for Women and Girls who Affected by War” located in Duhok city.
These are a few of the goals of the project:
- 6000-Syrian Refugees students will be enrolled/registered into primary and secondary schools.
- 15 Secondary and Primary schools the serve Syrian refugees will be provided with furniture, energy and water when it necessary.
- 5000 vulnerable and out of schools Syrian Refugees will be provided with education kits.
- 200 vulnerable Syrian Refugees students will be provided with transportation (those who are living in the host communities).
- 400 Teachers will be trained in the areas of management, supporting and monitoring the students’ enrolment and teaching skills.
- Providing adequate learning material for more than 300 teachers and 6000 students (Syrian Refugees)
- 6000-Syrian Refugees students will benefit from psychosocial support sessions and peace (co-existance) education.
- 9800-Syrian Refugees will be supported with appropriate curricula and learning materials in coordination with the Ministry of Education-KRI and other local authorities.
- 2000-vulnerable students will get support through Catch-Up-Classes to fill the gaps.
- 130-qualified teachers will be recruiting in coordination with MoE-KRG from the Refugees community.
- 400-teachers will be provide with training manuals.
- 400-teachers will benefit from the International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) minimum standard, which they will be provided with.
This project is funded by UNESCO and The European Union