The ongoing conflicts in the region have led to continuous waves of displaced persons from Syria and Southern Iraq seeking refuge in Northern Iraq. 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 the Kurdish Region).
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. This new project began in 2017. It is assisting more than 6,000 Syrian Refugees students in KRI, along with 400 teachers in 15 primary and secondary schools, over the course of 3 years. Assistance spans a wide range, from teaching materials to psycho-social support, from transportation to teachers training and payment of incentives.
The project is supported by UNESCO and funded by The European Union. WADI is implementing the project in cooperation with its local partner organization “Jinda”, known for their psycho-social assistance to many hundreds of Yazidi girls who had survived ISIS slavery.
The goals of the project:
• 6,000 Syrian refugee students will be enrolled/registered into primary and secondary schools.
• 15 Secondary and Primary schools which serve Syrian refugees will be provided with furniture, energy and water.
• 5,000 vulnerable and out-of-school Syrian refugees will be provided with education kits.
• 200 vulnerable Syrian refugee students will be provided with transportation (those who are living in host communities).
• 400 teachers will be trained in the areas of management, supporting and monitoring the students’ enrolment and teaching skills.
• adequate learning material will be provided for more than 300 teachers and 6000 students (Syrian refugees)
• 6,000 Syrian refugee students will benefit from psycho-social support sessions and peace (co-existance) education.
• 9,800 Syrian refugees will be supported with appropriate curricula and learning materials in coordination with the Ministry of Education-KRI and other local authorities.
• 2,000 vulnerable students will get support through Catch-Up-Classes to fill the gaps.
• 130 qualified teachers will be recruited in coordination with the MoE-KRG from the refugees community.
• 400 teachers will be provided with training manuals.
• 400 teachers will receive the International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) minimum standard to ensure the continuity of education in the refugees schools