04.02.2012 - UNESCO Office for Iraq

Promoting Youth Civic Engagement through Education: Erbil Validation Workshop

© UNESCO Iraq /Participants take a group photo after the completion of the workshop in Erbil.

Within the framework of the project "Promoting Civic Values and Life-Skills Among Young People Through Education in Iraq" UNESCO Iraq organised a workshop on 31 January – 02 February in Erbil, to validate the Core Materials for Civic Values and Life-skills in Iraq which have been developed by UNESCO in recent months.

Senior representatives of the Iraqi Ministries of Education form Erbil and Baghdad and UNESCO’s implementing partner Save the Children participated in the workshop in order to finalise the development of the Core Materials which will be used by educators and young people in 4 Governorates across Iraq: Baghdad, Erbil, Salahedin and Thi-Qar.

Focusing on Citizenship, Political Literacy and Engagement, Peace-building, Employment and Employability and Sustainable Development, these English, Arabic, and Kurdish Core Materials are considered an integral part of the teaching and learning package that will be delivered to approximately 1000 teachers, non-formal education facilitators, NGO workers and young people in the coming 6 months. Other tools in this package will include a Training of Trainer’s Handbook and Activity Toolkits for Civic Values and Life-skills Education.

The high level panel of Iraqi officials and international experts came out with a set of recommendations that were considered essential for a successful implementation process. In general, these recommendations call to:

- Increase the links between the Core Materials and the Iraqi general curriculum;

- Raise awareness among students and youth in general on the benefits of these courses;

- Include the full text of International Human Rights treaties and conventions;

- Include quotes and references to the Iraqi constitution and other legal documents; and;

- Focus on employment and employability.

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