They deserve to smile

In partnership with EU Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid - ECHO, UNICEF is supporting education needs for children Abu Ghraib, Baghdad

Carlo Jeelo
The entrance to Muatha Hasna Elementary School
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14 March 2019

Muatha Hasna Elementary School, located in Abu Ghraib, on the outskirts of Baghdad, was established in 2010. There are over 250 students who go to school here.

The students suffer from a lack of health facilities, as seen in the photo below. 

The hand washing facilities at Muatha Hasna Elementary School
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The hand washing facilities at Muatha Hasna Elementary School
Damaged doors at Muatha Hasna Elementary School
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Damaged doors at Muatha Hasna Elementary School
Saleh Ahmed, teacher, Abu Ghraib Department of Education
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Saleh Ahmed, teacher, Abu Ghraib Department of Education

“We can’t ask the students to come to school on time and work hard if we aren’t able to ensure that they have access to the basics”, Saleh Ahmed, teacher, Abu Ghraib Department of Education  

UNICEF, with the support of the European Union, has rehabilitated the sanitation facilities of Muatha Hasna and seven other schools in Abu Ghraib.

Mohammed Taleb, a sixth grade student washes his hands
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Mohammed Taleb, six grade student washes his hands

“In past we weren’t able to enter the washroom facilities to wash our hands. But our facilities are now new”

 Mohammed Taleb, a student in 6th grade 

Rahef and her friends wash their hands
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Rahef and her friends wash their hands

“My friends and I wash our hands many times a day”, Rahef says with a smile.

Mustafa, a third grader raises his hand in class
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Mustafa, a third grader raises his hand in class

“I love my school and I hope to one day become a teacher and work at my school" Mustafa.

Ahmed, Arabic language teacher poses for a photo with students in his class
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Ahmed, Arabic language teacher poses for a photo with students in his class

“After the restorations, the students love coming to school so much more. Even our relationship with them as teachers has improved. School has become their second home” Ahmed says.

"Anyone who visits the school after it was rehabilitated can see how happy the students are. They smile when they play, they smile when they are in class", he added.

Happy students in class at the school
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Happy students in class at the school

Over 1000 students benefited from the rehabilitation of schools in Abu Ghraib.

UNICEF and its partners continue to support Iraq’s educational sector.

 

For every child, education.