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UNICEF helps students from schools damaged by explosions to cope with anxiety

Teachers to be trained and schools repaired


UNICEF and the Ministry of Education are preparing to provide training to teachers from the two schools that were damaged by recent bombings in Anbar governorate, western Iraq.

“Violent explosions like these have heavy consequences on children” said Dr. Marzio Babille, UNICEF’s Representative to Iraq. “They create fear and severe stress within children which disturbs their healthy psychological, emotional and social development. The students who have been directly affected by this latest violence will be better able to cope with and recover from their anxiety as a result of this teacher training.”

Teachers from the Al-Kifah and Amar Bin Yasir primary schools will learn a range of skills, including: identifying coping styles and strengths within children; recognizing constructive attitudes, behaviours and communication modes to adopt in the classroom; utilizing effective communication skills; and developing and practicing psychosocial activities.

One hundred teachers and education staff will be trained and their work will benefit over 1,000 students in the schools.

In addition, damage to schools caused by the explosions is being repaired.

“This rehabilitation will ensure that the schools return to normal as quickly as possible” said Dr. Babille. “It will help children return to and stay in school, which is particularly important given the school year has just started.”

At least five school children were killed and several more were injured by the explosions near the two schools on September 25 and 26.



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