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이라크의 Back to school 캠페인

2007.10.18

* Back to school in Iraq
* 01 Oct 2007


Summer is over and girls at the Al Ghadeer Primary school are back at school. They begin the academic year by singing the national anthem.

The headmistress welcomes her more than 500 students and encourages them to think of going to school as an act of defiance to violence and war.

It’s a lesson that they scarcely need reminding of. Last year was one of the worst of these girls young lives—lessons were often disrupted by violence, utilities failed, classrooms fell into disrepair, and many teachers—and students—were forced to leave.

But this year is different. Students were delighted to find new facilities in their previously rundown school. Thanks to a UNICEF-sponsored programme to rebuild essential services, Al Ghadeer now has running water, new desks, and school equipment.

SOUNDBITE – Tabarek Jabbar Mustafa (Arabic): Last year we faced a lot of difficulties while going to school, many kids couldn’t come to school because of frequent explosions. Blackouts made it very difficult for us to do our homework or prepare for exams. Because it was so hot we couldn’t sleep and have a good rest, so we were tired at the school the next day.

Iraq’s Ministry of Education said only 40 per cent of high school students passed their final exams last year and less than thirty percent took the exams at all. UNICEF hopes that its work to restore schools will give as many Iraqi children as possible the chance to fulfil their academic ambitions.


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