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 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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Great results, new challenges

 Thanks to COOPI, in 2019, 3949 children were able to back to school and complete their academic year. Our project to set up temporary classrooms in the villages around Mosul has been successful with a total of 12 new classrooms built and appointed, 53 teachers trained, 23 toilets and 5 water tanks installed. We also have provided sports materials

In the Qayyarah Subdistrict, close to the famous city of Mosul, education was heavily affected during the conflict and the ISIS domination. Learning facilities had a huge share of destruction, and most of the students got displaced because of the hostilities. Text books were burnt by ISIS militants. COOPI, working in collaboration with a local NGO and the local Cluster of the Ministry of Education, provided prefab cabins (containers) transformed into classrooms, textbooks and training for teachers and educators, and schools restarted. All students, both males and females, have now a place to study and prepare themselves for life. Some photos was realized in our schools, have a look here below and enjoy what, thanks to your contribution, it was possible to achieve!

 

A new challenge

Now we have a new challenge and we wish you to be on our side again. We want to set up 5 new schools with 28 toilets, train 156 new teachers and headmasters, distribuite didactic material to 1000 children and offer psychological support and sport activities to 4000 children in 8 schools in the Qayyara sub-district. More than 5000 children will benefit by 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.

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


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Schoolgirls during recess
Schoolgirls during recess

Earlier this year, Shaima, a bright 12-years-old girl, started to attend sixth-grade classes at the COOPI school in Sirit. 

She recalls with joy the day she knew she was going back to school: "When I saw the crane transporting the classrooms of the new school I was so happy, we would finally have a school nearby!".

For two years, Shaima couldn't go to school. At first, she had to flee Mosul with her parents and brothers and relocate to Sirit. Once there, she should have attended the school in Lazzagah, "but my parents didn't have the money for the bus pass, and going on foot was too dangerous, and the road was very long."

Last year, though, everything changed for Shaima and other school-age girls like her: thanks to our donors, we could bring a container school in Sirit, train an additional ten teachers and set up classes to give both boys and girls living nearby an education.

Education is the key to empowerment: only by going to school can children become conscious grown-ups and have a real chance to improve their living conditions. This is especially true for girls like Shaima: without an education, the risk they face to marry very young or being enslaved is much higher.

"I really like my school: it's new, and the other little girls and I were able to draw and paint on the walls of the classrooms." Shaima is very artistic: "I like drawing and coloring, I hope that in the future my family will allow me to attend a technical institute or a college to learn how to draw better and find a job."

If Shaima can study and foster her talent in a safe place is also because of your support. Thank you for donating in the past, and please keep promoting children's rights to study and dream of a better future!

After school activities
After school activities
A painted wall
A painted wall
Students' drawings
Students' drawings
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Ambra Mannarà
Milano, MI Italy
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