Out of school, children learn at home thanks to the Iraqi Education Channel
UNESCO is supporting the creation of a TV channel "Iraqi Edu" for the benefit of all Iraqi students enrolled in the formal schooling system and out-of-school, IDP and refugee children.
The deterioration of security condition in Iraq has resulted in deaths and injuries of many students and teachers, displacement and migration of Iraqi students and a record-breakingly low school enrollment and attendance rate as well as the closure of many schools, especially in central and southern Iraq.
The situation is further aggravated by the dilapidated school buildings and other physical structures, denouncing the objectives of quality education and increased retention at this level of education.
In this regard, to increase access to education for Iraqi students, the Iraqi Ministry of Education requested the assistance of UNESCO to design and implement this project as a means to ensure the provision of learning opportunities to children.
Furthermore, the production and repeated broadcasting of the suggested produced programs will contribute, immediately, to sustaining the integrity of the basic education system under the current critical security situation, while providing a basis for developing an effective distance teaching and learning system for the future. The project will thus have both immediate and sustainable impacts.
On the other hand, the “Distance Learning / Educational TV” project will assist people in overcoming the difficulties regarding the development and reform of the Iraqi educational system such as shortage of trained and qualified administrators, planners and teachers, teaching/learning materials, quality teaching facilities and aids, and the deteriorating economic conditions leading to youth seeking gainful employment during school hours.
During production and broadcasting, priority will be given to school years 12, 9, and 6 since the final exams of these grade levels are done nationwide and the students have to have an equal chance in these exams (standard quality and type of questions). Students of other levels take their final exams at their schools with questions prepared by their teachers. Grade levels 12, 9, and 6 are also transitional; students of grade 12 move on to join the higher education system according to their final exams grade. This also applies to grades 6 and 9 since the students’ final exam grades determines if they will move on to the next educational stage and which schools they will be registered at.
This programme will keep providing basic lessons, to be continuously updated as long as the educational situation does not permit global access to education for Iraqi students.