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Iraq: 3RP Monthly Update - March 2015: Education

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MARCH HIGHLIGHTS:

An estimated 79,965 are refugee children between the ages of 3 – 17 years. Of these 58,327 are between ages of 6 to 17 years.

Currently, 29,637 students are attending formal education (grades 1 – 12), 14,991 in camp settings and 14,646 in non-camp settings. 3,555 students are benefitting from non-formal education activities including alternative education, catch-up classes and recreational activities, Another 1,658 children between ages of 3 - 5 are attending Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) activities.

Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) in 15 camp schools across KRI were supported with small grants to ensure the on -going maintenance and cleaning of school buildings. This additional support is allowing the PTA to provide assistance for the ongoing maintenance and cleaning of school buildings. 2 schools in Dahuk completed the implementation phase of the School

Improvement Projects (SIP) in Dahuk. The Education partner provided technical and financial support to repair fences, windows, and doors, as well as to rehabilitate hand washing sink faucets and electrical outlets.

150 teachers received training on the fundamentals of good teaching practice, psychosocial support, and positive discipline in school in the four camps in Erbil (Kawergosk, Darashakran, Basirma and Qushtapa). Another 59 teachers in Erbil received training on how to administer reading evaluations. The building of the 6 additional pre -fabricated classrooms in Qushtapa camp is almost completed. 25 new students have already registered. In Basirma camp the construction of the 3 new prefabricated classrooms and the establishment of a new kindergarten are mostly completed. Catch -Up Classes continued for 735 children (357 boys and 378 girls) students from the new Kobane caseload are ongoing in the 4 camps. These classes are allowing students who missed school due to displacement to go back to school.

To bolster enrolment, education sector partners have been conducting home visits to encourage students in the four camps in Erbil to attend schools regularly.

69 teachers (60 in Erbil and 9 in Duhok) were trained in Healing Classrooms modules in schools. Healing family sessions were held for 204 parents in Duhok and 177 in Sulaymaniyah. The sessions are ways for parents to become more involved in their children’s learning and overall well-being.

The school of Al-Obaidi Camp resumed the classes as planned for basic education from grades 1 to 9 with a total of 36 teaching staff. The total number of registered students is 575 (301 boys and 274 girls). Due to insecurity it has been diffic ult to follow the situation of education in the camp.