UNICEF Iraq Newsletter / Vol. 1 2013 - Children of Iraq
UNICEF AND UNHCR OPEN JOINT OFFICE IN BASRA
On 22 January UNICEF and UNHCR opened a joint office in Basra city to expand support to the most deprived and vulnerable populations – children , internally displaced persons and refugees – in the southern governorates of Bas-ra, Missan, Muthanna, Najaf, Al-Qadissiay and Thi-Qar.
UNICEF’s Representative to Iraq called the opening of the Basra office a “historic day for UNICEF in Iraq”, adding “this office will enable us to work more closely with all local partners to help respond to the most urgent needs of the 1.5 million children across Iraq’s south who are deprived of many of their fundamental rights.”
The inauguration event was attended by the Governor of Basra, Dr. Khalaf Abdulsamad, local government officials and representatives of Basra’s NGO and diplomatic communities.
KRG ADOPTS STANDARDS TO ENSURE SCHOOLS BECOME OPTIMUM LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS FOR STUDENTS
As part of a European Union funded project to improve access to basic education in Iraq, 10 key standards to ensure that schools provide the best learning environments for students have been adopted by the Kurdistan Regional Gov-ernment. UNICEF and the EU are working with the National and Kurdistan Ministries of Education to roll out a Child-Friendly School programme to over 600 schools in Iraq.
The 10 standards include aspects related to the school building, school management, the capacity of teachers and the involvement of local communities in the schools. Upon the launch of the document by the KRG later this month, UNICEF will work with the local Ministry of Education to implement these standards in schools across the Kurdistan Region.