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Iraq: back to school with a flower

The success of the first Education in Emergency project has prompted COOPI to continue its work with the programme "Back to school with a flower".

The project aims to facilitate access to education for new students, who are still excluded from school because of the conflict.

In order to facilitate the return to education of several hundreds of children, COOPI strives to install new fully-operational container schools in 2 other rural centers of Qayyarah (sub-district of Mosul), in Al Qayyara and in the Imam Gharbi village.
As in the previous project, the schools will be equipped with supplies: desks, chairs, blackboards, stationery (books, pens, notebooks), textbooks and everything else needed to return to normal schooling.

To ensure the greatest impact of the action, COOPI will also extend the intervention to two other schools in the districts of Sabatash Tamooz and Al Kinasha (in the western part of Mosul) by installing four additional classrooms, so as to compensate for the current overcrowding of the two local schools (which were re-opened only recently).

For each of these 5 schools, a play area has been planned so a sit can be built by clearing the external spaces from the rubble. It has been designed to encourage psychological support activities to relieve trauma and the social inclusion of young students. In this regard, the teachers will be trained by project staff, featuring education experts, on alternative educational methods, such as the creation of school gardens, for which all the necessary materials will be provided.

Finally, to make up for the lack of water and sanitation services, not only will these be installed inside the new facilities, but also in other 2 already-existing schools in Ulu El Azim and Ain Marmia. What follows are five days of awareness on the subject, designed to develop greater awareness on the conservation of drinking water, personal hygiene and diseases caused by failure to purify water. At the same time, 3750 hygiene kits students tailored to the needs of the whole family will be distributed to the 3750 beneficiary, so as to extend the scope of the intervention to the surrounding communities.

The project is funded by private donors.