British Council held a workshop in Erbil for the EC Schools Program in Subcomponents one and three
British Council in Iraq held a workshop last week in Erbil within the framework of the primary and secondary education program which is funded by the EU and implemented by the British Council, several officials from the Iraqi Ministry of Education, Ministry of Planning and Ministry of Social and Labor Affairs attended the workshop as well as for activists representing civil society organizations.
The workshop theme was to discuss the results of the desk and field researches about the drop of enrollment percentages in schools, during the workshop, the attendees also discussed the education of children with SEND (Special Educational Needs).
Ms. Sara, the Political Officer of the EU Delegation to Iraq said "Thoroughly enjoyed taking part in one of British Council's workshops for our joint education project. Having representatives from the key Iraqi ministries of Education and Planning engaging with us generated insightful discussions on the challenges the Iraqi education system faces. All of which helps to best shape the project scope and ensure it delivers valuable outcomes."
In this regard, Ms. Lemyaa, one of the participants of the workshop said that she had suffered from school’s enrolment in her childhood for being disabled, she clarified that one of the main reasons was the lack of social and cultural educating needed to support kids with disabilities, also the lack of proper infrastructure and special transportation involved in the drop of enrollment for children with SEND. Ms. Lemyaa pointed out to the necessity of implementing such programs as it puts the children with disabilities under the scope, this program will contribute to enhance the education for children with SEND.
It is worth mentioning that the British Council is implementing this program which is funded by the EU for the coming three years to improve the quality of primary and secondary educations and raise the quality and equality as well as to increase the enrolment percentages.