05.06.2011 - UNESCO Office for Iraq

UNESCO Supports Iraq in the development of National Literacy Law and National Literacy Strategy for the launching of a National Literacy Campaign

© UNESCO Iraq, 2011Participants from the Validation of the Literacy Strategy Workshop

Within the framework of Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE) in Iraq project, the UNESCO Iraq Office is supporting the Government of Iraq in the development of a national literacy strategy, that will guide the national literacy campaign to reduce illiteracy by 50% by 2015. To this end, a national consultation workshop was organized in Erbil during June 1-2 to ensure the finalization of the draft literacy strategy and discuss the status of the draft literacy law expected to be approved by Iraqi parliament in 2011.

Following the completion of the first draft of the strategy, UNESCO held the consultation workshop with Dr. Ala Makki, Deputy of Education Committee of the Iraqi Parliament, as well as representatives of the Prime Minister's Office, Iraqi Ministries of Education and the Ministry of Planning to endorse the final draft of the national literacy strategy and discuss amendments of the national literacy law. Participants of the workshop, which was held at Erbil International Hotel in Erbil, discussed and reviewed the draft strategy with technical support from UNESCO’s experts in the field of literacy and non-formal education. During the workshop, the draft national literacy law was also reviewed and several comments were presented to ensure the improvement of the draft law and speed up the process of approval.

The workshop is part of UNESCO’s capacity-building program towards the launching of a national literacy campaign for Iraq, which will allow the government of Iraq to work towards the achievement of Education for All (EFA) Goals and MDGs related to education in line with the National Development Plan. The final literacy strategy will be endorsed by the technical committee within the concerned ministries and official launching of the final document is expected to take place during the celebration of  International Literacy Day on September 8, 2011.


For more information, please contact:

Alberto Biancoli

Project Manager, UNESCO Iraq Office

Mobile: +962 (0) 776 723 409

Email: a.biancoli(at)unesco.org



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