Education  Iraq Project #32662

Back to school in Iraq

by COOPI Cooperazione Internazionale
Back to school in Iraq
Back to school in Iraq
Back to school in Iraq
Back to school in Iraq
Back to school in Iraq
Back to school in Iraq
Back to school in Iraq
Back to school in Iraq
Back to school in Iraq
Back to school in Iraq
Back to school in Iraq
Back to school in Iraq
Back to school in Iraq
Back to school in Iraq

COOPI is working in Iraq since 2014, carrying out educational projects in the areas most affected by the war.


The COVID-19 pandemic has made our work even more difficult, because children could not attend school and they often did not get any help from their parents at home.


This is the reason why COOPI decided to work in order to make the parents aware of the importance of their support for their children’s education.


Firstly, a parent-teacher association was created. The goal was to involve parents in the school life of their children and to create a relationship with their teachers. Secondly, parents attended training courses, meant to promote a participatory and positive parenting so that they could support their children in their education and growth.


Abeer, educator and head of COOPI’s activities in Shirqat, told us: “Meeting after meeting, training after training, each group opened up and shared their experiences and ideas with the team. We worked together and began to see a change in their attitude. There’s still a lot of work to do, behavior changes are never quick and easy. But this is a great start. And we must continue”.


COOPI sought to involve parents as much as possible in the activities, promoting a community-based approach and letting communities be the main actors and promoters of their own change.


You can do your part too: join our mission, help the kids of the district of Al-Shirqat to build a better future for themselves.


Please, keep on helping Iraqi students with us!

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In Iraq the military operations for the liberation of the territories occupied ended three years ago, but the situation in the country is still critical. Iraq has been suffering the consequences of the pandemic, which has brought the country on its knees.

As always, the field of education is one of the most affected in countries at war. This is the reason why it is one of the most important fields in which to intervene. In these kind of contexts, infact, children are often deprived of their right to education.

The Covid pandemic has exacerbated this issue: schools were closed, children were forced to stay home and could not attend classes anymore.

It is in this situation that COOPI is intervening with the project “Back to a safe school”, which aims at improving the quality of primary education.

At the moment, COOPI is working in 9 primary schools in the district of Al-Shirqat and the project has two main goals:

-      Intervene on children who are on the verge of school dropout, improving the performance of teaching staff, the school environment, parental participation and the psychosocial well-being of all beneficiaries involved

-      Offer educational opportunities to children who are out of school, including them in the educational activities of the project and supporting their reintegration into the school system.

The project involves 3.775 students, together with their families and their teachers.

Join our mission, help the kids of the district of Al-Shirqat to go back to a safe school and to build a better future for themselves.

 

Thanks to your help COOPI works in Iraq since 2017, and thanks to you this project can go on helping many children and families.

Please, keep on helping Iraqi students with us!

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COOPI in Iraq guarantees education, child protection, livelihoods, water and sanitation. Foundation COOPI – International Cooperation, operates with an integrated approach, based on the inclusion of multiple sectors such as food security, nutritional security, water and sanitation, protection and education. 

With offices in Erbil, Baghdad, Shirqat, and Balad COOPI has been intervening in Iraq since 2016, targeting areas out of camps in Ninewa and Salah Al Din. In 2020, COOPI was active in Mosul district with an Education and Child Protection intervention and in Al-Hadar, Shirqat and Baiji.

COOPI Intervention Sectors: Education.

COOPI education activities are primarily directed at sustaining the government’s efforts to achieve “quality” education standards, intended as safe and appropriate learning environment, competent and context-aware teachers, adequate materials for teaching and learning, participatory methods of instruction that allow for equal learning opportunities for every student, including students with disabilities, psychosocial vulnerabilities and students facing discrimination. Equal and simultaneous attention is given to the protective environment that schools must provide for their students in terms of physical and psychological wellbeing. Hence, COOPI Education interventions comprise a broad range of activities which include, but are not limited to: infrastructural interventions, distribution of schools and individual kits, capacity building for teachers, extra-curricular activities and Non-Formal Education activities for out-of-school children and Support to Parent-Teacher Associations.

 

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09.02.2021

 

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

 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT, STAY WITH US!


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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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