25.03.2014 - UNESCO Office for Iraq

Iraqi officials re-confirm importance of UNESCO’s work

Axel Plathe (Left) visiting the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Ali Al-Adeeb in Baghdad © MoHESR 2014

Recent achievements and upcoming priorities of UNESCO’s work in Iraq were among the key topics discussed during a series of meetings of UNESCO’s new representative to Iraq, Axel Plathe, with Minister of Education Mohamed Tamim, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Ali Al-Adeeb and Acting Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister's Office, Hamid Ahmed.

The director of the UNESCO Office for Iraq visited the three top officials on 23 and 24 March 2014 to discuss the progress realized in education, and in particular within the four projects funded by Education Above All, namely Curriculum Development, Teacher Training, the Rehabilitation of the Higher Education System, and the Literacy Initiative for Empowerment, in addition to the Educate a Child initiative.

During his visit to the Minister of Education, who is also the President of Iraq National Commission for UNESCO, and to the Prime Minister's Office, Axel Plathe also referred to UNESCO activities in other sectors. This included , in the area of natural sciences, the planned survey of hydrogeological resources, in the area of culture, UNESCO’s activities to support the preservation of Iraq’s rich heritage, and in the area of media development, the issues of freedom of expression and safety of journalists.

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