COOPI continued its commitment on the Education in emergency cluster in Iraq with the project entitled "Back to school with a flower".
The project aimed to provide students with access to safe, inclusive and quality educational services in the district of Al-Qayyarah, south of Mosul.
The initiative that ended in September 2019 allowed to install ad hoc facilities in 5 schools of the city and in the Imam Gharbi village (additional rooms, recreational spaces, hygiene and sanitation services). In addition, COOPI organised training courses and workshops for 53 teachers, promoted recreational activities and psychosocial support to the most vulnerable children, and distributed 1,900 individual hygiene kits.
Since the outbreak of the conflict, students have shown a higher level of stress due to the lack of safe spaces where they could learn, cultivate their passions and enjoy recreational activities. Some of the most vulnerable students later showed their discomfort by behaving aggressively.
After 10 months, COOPI staff noticed a surprisingly high number students who passed their final exams with merit and who managed to overcome their behavioural issues.
COOPI best practices and expertise allowed us to continue our collaboration with the school authorities of the district of Mosul by implementing a new project funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), which will end in July 2020.