21.06.2011 - Education Sector

Iraq embarks on major literacy programme


UNESCO has launched a literacy and life skills training programme for 6,000 unemployed youth and women in Iraq.

The programme will help 25 local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the Iraqi education ministry to establish community learning centres throughout the country.

The grant programme, funded by the Office of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, First Lady of Qatar, UNESCO's special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education,  is part of the Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE) project in Iraq which aims to achieve the Education for All (EFA) goal of reducing illiteracy by 50 per cent by 2015.

Related Links

The Iraq LIFE programme

UNESCO and literacy

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

LIFE - Literacy Initiative for Empowerment

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