20.03.2012 - UNESCO Office for Iraq

Ministry of Education and UNESCO Iraq to establish 125 new community learning centres

© UNESCO iraq 2012 /UNESCO Iraq Director Mohamed Djelid (right) and Minister of Education Mr. Mohamed Temim during the signature ceremony in Baghdad

The government of Iraq and UNESCO took a major step towards eradicating illiteracy and improving access to education in the country. After a series of bilateral meetings, His Excellency the Minister of Education, Dr. Mohamed Temim and the UNESCO Iraq office Director Mr. Mohamed Djelid have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will enable the establishment of community learning centres (CLCs) throughout Iraq in partnership with civil society organizations.

Under the terms of the MOU, UNESCO, with the Ministry of Education and 25 national non-governmental organizations, will establish 125 community learning centres (CLCs) providing literacy and life skills training for vulnerable communities. During the coming school year, some 7,000 people from Iraq’s different regions will benefit from programmes offered by these centres.

This initiative reflects the commitment and determination of the Iraqi government to eradicate illiteracy and improve access to education for all in Iraq. It is also one of the results of a literacy law approved by Parliament in September 2011 opening horizons for promoting literacy, particularly among vulnerable illiterate populations. To this end the MOU will ensure the sustainability of the CLCs within targeted communities, making them a component of the current educational programmes offered by the Ministry of Education. Through their contribution in life skills training and empowerment, the established CLCs will also play a vital role in local development and the improvement of the living standards of targeted beneficiaries.

The UNESCO Iraq Office, working within the framework of the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD 2003-2012), has launched the Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE) project in Iraq in 2010 to mobilize partners from civil society and the private sector in order to achieve the strategic goals and objectives for the promotion of literacy and non formal education in Iraq.

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