Project - Informal Education

Informal Education - Education in Iraq
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Education has not reached many children in the last 3 years of displacement, and literacy courses are much needed for the age group 15 and above, who attended school in the best of cases only up to 12 years old. Youth have often left the school and became victims of militias or hard labor supporting family. Education will increase the opportunity for the youth to work independently and will help the children to learn English and basics of the science. Their desire for education will be supported through this program.

There is funding to provide small stipends for teachers and small allocation for stationery. The project is utilizing classrooms at the local schoolhouses in the afternoon/evening. However as the staff goes home, they often lock all the offices, supply cupboards.

Most schools are struggling for funding and equipment, lacking basic equipment, tools and stationery. Teachers often spend their personal money to buy supplies or additional stationery. With the grant, there will be a purchase of necessary equipment to support the versatile development of students taking the afternoon classes and provide more interactive teaching methods. There is planning to establish co-operation system with the schools to provide a system of sharing and engender reciprocity with existing supplies.

Children will benefit from education in literacy, English and creative thinking. Target age groups for this educational program is 6 to 15 years old. Yazda is currently overseeing providing education at five different locations in Khanesor, Dugure, Gohbal, Zorava and Duhola collectives. The program runs from 2-5pm after the regular schools are closed; consisting of three class-hours per day for five days.

The grant will go towards:
  • water dispensers which can provide potable water, especiallly in the summer time
  • overhead projectors to display educational movies as well as entertainment
  • small generators to provide consistency of power
  • supplies such as markers, crayons, pencils, paints, etc
  • snacks for children
  • sports items to promote competition and exercise
  • musical instruments which will circulate among schools to provide music education