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Building Education

We don’t build one school. We build an education system.

At UNICEF, we think big. Our strategic approach not only addresses immediate problems faced by the world’s most vulnerable kids, our goal is to create sustainable solutions that spark long-term change. We can’t do it without your help.

Building a new education system in Iraq

In war-torn Iraq, the battle for Mosul has come to an end, but it’s left a devastating impact on the education system. Nearly 3.5 million school-aged children don’t have full access to an education.

We’ve partnered with the Iraqi government, community action groups, businesses and academia to help develop new education policies and increase school enrolment for both girls and boys. In fact, our work in Mosul sparked the development of the government’s forward-thinking National Education Strategy.

"We have to learn to develop our thinking so we can build our future, and our country."

Rawan, aged 11

Did You know?

  • Through UNICEF programs, 682,000 Iraqi children were given access to education in 2016.
  • Textbooks, notebooks, school bags and teaching materials have been supplied to 520,000 children.
  • 3,300 teachers and education staff have received new training, including psycho-social support for the classroom.

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