Fifty-Five Secondary School Libraries and Laboratories Refurbished
UNESCO is taking part in the infrastructural and vocational efforts to foster Iraqi educational sector’s development.
Secondary education is about preparation for life and should reflect the reality of post-war Iraq that encompasses a seamless to-and-fro between continued learning and the world of work. Policy makers in Iraq have widely recognized that traditional academically based secondary education cannot adequately address students’ needs in terms of realizing their potential, especially in a context of rapid economic, cultural and social change and gender- based discrimination. Given the declining role of other socializing agencies, schools should take greater responsibility for helping learners acquire life-skills.
Many secondary school students face a lifetime decision as they embark upon further academic studies or enter the world of work. UNESCO considers it extremely important for a country such as Iraq to invest its resources in secondary education; it is urgent that a sense of hope and normalcy be regained in the minds of Iraqi youth and adolescents who will shoulder the future course of the country.
As such, UNESCO, in this project, undertook a two-fold approach to help achieve quality secondary education for Iraqi youth:
- Provide much needed facilities and infrastructure including science laboratories and libraries to secondary schools
- Capacity building/training of principals, teachers and science laboratory technicians/ personnel at the second level of education
As a result, UNESCO provided furniture, equipment and teaching/learning materials to 55 secondary school libraries and science laboratories in:
- Baghdad (16)
- Erbil (5)
- Kerkuk (3)
- Najaf (6)
- Basra (9)
- Missan (6)
- Thiqar (6)
- Al-Muthanna (4)
Rehabilitation works were conducted by UNESCO for 35 schools only, while the Ministry of Education took the responsibility of rehabilitating the remaining schools.
UNESCO also provided training courses to 13 laboratory technicians and 14 library supervisors in order to enable them to use and maintain the newly provided equipment. Additionally, UNESCO trained 42 secondary school teachers of science on Laboratory Skills and Competences.
A training workshop benefited 13 secondary school principals/headmasters, whereby they were trained in school-based and classroom-based management.
Training was also delivered to 14 Iraqi technicians on producing low cost equipment, 5 Iraqi officials of MoE on data loggers and 12 other library supervisors on e-library administration.
Finally, UNESCO produced secondary school teacher laboratory experiment manuals in Physics, Chemistry and Biology for grades 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.