UNICEF and Ministry of Labour enrolled more than 5000 children in summer schools

10 October 2021
Summer Schools
UNICEF Iran

In a joint cooperation, the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare and UNICEF Iran are piloting a conditional cash transfer programme to help the most vulnerable households and children impacted by COVID-19.

As part of the pilot implementation of this programme, funded by the Austrian Government, over 5,000 out of school children and adolescents and those at risk of falling behind on education in two districts of Harsin and Khoramshahr, in Kermanshah and Khuzestan provinces respectively were identified and enrolled in summer schools in July and August 2021.

The summer schools provided these children with in-person classes including vocational training in full compliance with COVID-19 distancing and hygiene protocols. In addition, as a part of these training events, 465 adolescents aged between 15 to 18 benefitted from intensive vocational training courses (240 hours) from among 25 subject options such as architecting, computer visual arts, tailoring, carpentering, graphics, accounting, etc. to facilitate their transition from Learning to Earning.

Upon successful pilot implementation in Harsin and Khorramshahr as well as two other disadvantaged provinces, the programme will be scaled up nationally providing child sensitive and inclusive social services to vulnerable households and children across the country and will strengthen the national social protection system to be better placed to respond to future shocks.

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