Education in Iraq

October 17, 2017 – This education profile describes Iraq’s education system, and trends in inbound and outbound international student mobility. It includes sample educational documents, and discusses credential evaluation challenges specific to the Iraqi system.

Presented by: Sulaf Al-Shaikhly, Advanced Education Specialist, and Jean Cui, Research Associate, WES

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Iraq’s Educational System is Dying

Iraq, August 27, 2018 – Corruption has been rampant in all Iraqi government institutions and bodies since the occupation of the country in 2003, where ministries have become a source of funding for influential political parties as the corruption has been spread in the most important ministries , the corruption in the Ministries of Education and Higher Education is a clear indication that future generations are unable to build a strong and secure state, and will have the greatest share of ignorance, poverty and deprivation.

The education system in Iraq is run by the Ministries of Education and Higher Education. According to the UNESCO report, Iraq was in the period before the first Gulf War, in 1991 had an educational system that was one of the best educational systems in the region and has won two prizes from the organization and Iraq become a country free of illiteracy, after a wide campaign to eradicate illiteracy which was begun in the seventies of the last century, where the proportion of primary school enrollment was by nearly 100%, and a high proportion of those who were able to read and write, but the governments that came after the occupation have neglected the education intentionally to serve the interests of Regional and global forces where they view of Iraq’s progress as a threat to the chances of hegemony. Continue reading “Iraq’s Educational System is Dying”

Literacy Initiative for Empowerment in Iraq (video)

Iraq, March 6th 2012 – The Literacy Initiative for Empowerment in Iraq is the most recent projects of UNESCO in the field of literacy promotion and non-formal education. In partnership with the office of her highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser UNESCO Iraq office has launched this initiative targeting particularly women, youth and vulnerable populations. In addition to literacy and education, this project aims to empower beneficiaries through life skills courses, enabling them and their families to draw immediate benefit. The project also established a broad literacy network of State entities, NGOs, and civil society for a wider response.

Universities in Iraq: Al Basra University Enters World Rankings (video)

Iraq, March 6th 2012 – With half a million books, the central library at the University of Basra, Iraq is establishing an electronic digital library. This project is considered one of the largest of its kind taking place in the Middle East.

The American Reconstruction team donated half a million dollars to the university project as well as two thousand books worth $100,000.  That donation makes the university’s library one of the most important one in the world.

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A Quality Education in Iraq

Iraq, 2008 – Education is fast becoming a casualty of Iraq’s ongoing conflict, despite extraordinary  determination on the part of government and families to keep schools functioning.

Prior to 1990, education was a thriving sector in Iraq. But after two decades of war and deprivation, the quality and availability of learning deteriorated dramatically.

By 2000, budget constraints were seriously limiting the provision of textbooks and other teaching and learning materials. Fewer resources were available to rehabilitate dilapidated school infrastructure, denying children the opportunity to study in a child friendly environment.

The advent of war again in 2003 has contributed to a general “stalling” of progress in education. Girls continue to suffer most severely in many parts of the country. Continue reading “A Quality Education in Iraq”