UNICEF supports the Ministry of Education to improve access to quality education, including:


  • With the World Bank and UNESCO, develop and implement a National Education Strategy to improve quality education from pre-school to Grade 12;
  • As part of the Iraq-Public Sector Modernization Programme, the development of a functional review of the sector including an education service delivery model, costing study and road map;
  • Implementing a Child Friendly Schools strategy to ensure primary schools adopt minimum standards that enable children to learn in a healthy and happy environment.  Child-friendly school standards are being adopted in hundreds of pilot schools across Iraq’s 18 governorates with plans to expand to more schools;
  • Development of quality teaching standards for teachers;
  • Implementing an Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP) that is enabling over 60,000 children who have missed out on primary school to catch up with their primary education;
  • With UNESCO, developing recommendations to increase pre-school enrolment rates to ensure the best academic, social and psychological start for children across Iraq.

2016 activities and results:

Across the country, UNICEF continued to increase access to education, and improve quality of learning environments for IDP and host community children. As UN lead agency for the Education cluster, UNICEF has supported access to temporary learning spaces for 73,797 children (37,786 girls), provided educational supplies for 521,615 children (214,814 girls), including textbooks, notebooks, stationery, school bags and teaching materials.

To support delivery of quality education in the classroom, UNICEF supported 3,362 teachers and education personnel (1,618 females) to participate in trainings on a range of topics including improved pedagogy, and provision of psychosocial support in the classroom.

The issue of non- or partial-payment of teacher salaries remains a key concern for all education partners, as well as providing support to teachers and students travelling long distances to school. UNICEF is engaged in ongoing discussion with the Ministry of Education (MoE) on ways to ensure adequate support is provided.

Information as of December 2016

>> See the latest Iraq humanitarian situation report





Convention on the Rights of the Child

States Parties recognize the right of the child to education and will make primary education compulsory and available free to all, make secondary education available and accessible to every child and encourage regular attendance at schools and the reduction of drop-out rates.

Art. 28


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