Feb 9, 2021

Report February 2021_Back to school in Iraq



Iraq. COOPI guarantees the right to education despite the Covid19


In recent months, due to the spread of Covid-19 in Iraq, the children of Qayyarah, in the south of Mosul, who - after years of war and occupation by Isis - had recently resumed their education thanks to the construction of four schools by COOPI - Cooperazione Internazionale, found themselves once again without education and consequently at risk of abuse and exploitation. 

For this reason, COOPI took prompt action to continue guaranteeing the education and to protect the health of the children beneficiaries of the project "Back to a safe school - Promoting access to inclusive, safe and quality formal education in Iraq, Al Qayyarah sub-district, south of Mosul”.

During the pandemic, COOPI provided ad hoc teaching materials, targeted curricula and tutoring to support distance learning. It also designed remedial courses for 267 children in view of their primary school leaving examination. Finally, it offered remote recreational activities for 1,085 pupils to manage the stress of isolation.

On the health side, COOPI disseminated information on proper measures to contain the virus to 4,000 people and distributed 2,500 health kits to families (consisting of soap, toothpaste, baby brushes, tampons, shampoo, bleach, latex gloves).

In view of the reopening of the schools, COOPI has already intervened to rehabilitate the water and sanitation services in the 4 schools previously built and has provided cleaning materials to 13 school administrations.

COOPI is active in Iraq since 2017 with activities aimed at supporting refugees and the host communities in Qayyarah, south of Mosul. Here, we carry out interventions focused on education in emergency such as psychological support for children suffering from post-conflict trauma and we promote their return to education in war-torn areas.

A new challenge

Now we have a new challenge and we want you to be on our side again!

We want to set up 5 new schools with 28 toilets, train 156 new teachers and headmasters, distribute didactic material to 1,000 children and offer psychological support and sport activities to 4,000 children in 8 schools of the Qayyara sub-district. More than 5,000 children will benefit from this project. We really hope you will join our efforts to provide a proper and safe education to these little “warriors” in their struggle for education.

Furthermore, due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Iraq, we are implementing new awareness activities among local communities and our children in order to stop the coronavirus transmission



Nov 4, 2020

Report - November 2020 - Cinderellas of Bukavu

REPORT – NOVEMBER 2020 – Cinderellas of Bukavu
The coronavirus has not disappeared in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but numbers seem to have reduced and in August lockdown measures were eased.
Schools opened on 12th October.
Children have been welcomed at Foyer Ek’Abana throughout the whole year despite the pandemic. The centre never closed and remained a safe place for them. In all these months they kept studying and listening to the lessons together over the radio and they never stopped developing their talents.
They learn crafts that might be useful for their future. In addition, the Foyer Ek’Abana teaches them how to raise chickens and guinea pigs. Becoming a breeder is another chance that children have for their future. Hence, if they success in completing primary school, they receive a reward: little animals to look after and raise! Farming animals will allow them to earn money and cover the expenses of secondary school.
The number of children in need never decreases. Please, donate to support the great job that the centre is doing for them!
Thank you for your help!

Sep 8, 2020


Education during COVID-19 pandemic

Unfortunately, COVID-19 pandemic has spread also in Iraq, where the population was already heavily affected by conflicts and ISIS domination.

The official numbers in the country are close to 260,370cases (data updated to 07.09.2020) and measures have been immediately taken to limit the spread of the virus as much as possible.

Schools have been closed since February 14th but, thanks to COOPI, children were able to study at home.

In fact, COOPI provided school materials to 4,000 children and abstracts to 261 children, in order to guarantee them to complete their exams safely.

Playful activities were also offered to 1,085 children, so that children could express emotions and face the stress caused by school closures.

Despite travel restrictions, in 2020 COOPI rehabilitated 5 new schools and trained 36 teachers.

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