UNESCO and Iraq
UNESCO has been supporting the Education Sector in Iraq and achieved the following:
§ Educational Management Information System (EMIS) software has been tested and is being used to enter educational data.
§ Computers and other IT equipment worth US $ 1.2 million have been delivered to the Ministry of Education
§ Reviewed, printed and distributed 9 millions of textbooks to Iraqi students
§ 30,000 teachers, curriculum developers and planners from 18 Iraqi governorates trained
§ Re-equipped 22 TVET centers in different cities with workshop on the use of the equipment and computing capability
§ Establishment of a Teacher Training Network for Iraq targeting 308 lecturers from 4 Colleges of Education and 4 Colleges of Sciences geographically distributed
§ Provision of laboratory equipment (US$ 3.2 million) for 12 selected colleges
§ Provision of engineering equipment (US$ 1.4 million) for 3 Iraqi universities
§ Provision of textbooks for 10 higher education institutions (US$ 600,000)
§ Provision of reference books for four main university libraries (US$ 700,000)
§ Capacity building: short-term fellowship programme for 300 Iraqi faculty members
§ Distance Learning tools developed to provide safe education to students all over Iraq: Educational TV Programs and Educational Radio Programs both based on formal Iraqi School Curriculum
Regarding communication and information, UNESCO strongly supports Iraq in the development of a national media and communication policy that promotes freedom of expression, through a series of programmes to build the capacity of the media sector.
In the field of culture, three Iraqi sites are inscribed on the World Heritage List. The large fortified city of Hatra was added in 1985. The ancient city of Ashur, capital city of the Assyrian Empire on the banks of the Tigris River, inscribed in 2003, is on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The latest addition, Samarra Archaeological City, former Islamic capital with a 9th century mosque and spiral minaret, was inscribed in 2007 as both World Heritage and World Heritage in Danger. In view of recent conflicts in the country, the Organization is now focusing on safeguarding Iraq’s cultural treasures.