IRAQI CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL
September 30, 2003 A new school year awaits Iraqi children. School
officially begins October 1. The first couple of days will be taken up
with registration and school orientation. In most cases, instruction will
begin October 4. Some schools, particularly in the governorates of Erbil,
Dahuk, and Sulaymaniyah are already opened. Students in those governorates
returned on September 15.
you have an obligation to make sure your children go to school,
Minister of Education Dr. Ala'din Alwan said. School is the key
to success and a good education leads to a better future for us all.
across the country had fallen into disrepair, because of the neglect of
the former regime. Classroom walls were falling apart, and sewage was
filling the school yard. Over the summer, the Coalition has worked very
hard with us to fix many schools. While much work has been done, fixing
every school and restructuring the education system in Iraq is a long
term project that we are working on.
- Number of school
buildings: 13,597 in 2003 (Source: UNICEF & USAID)
- Total number of
schools that has been rehabilitated is 1,061 and 723 more schools are
waiting awaiting their final inspection and approval. This is being
done by USAID contractors, coalition military commanders and NGOs.
- USAID contracts
alone hired 36,000 Iraqi subcontractors to do school rehabilitation
- Total number of
teachers in Iraq as of 2000-2001 was 272,122 (Source: UNESCO)
- As of 2000-2001
the total number of students in Iraq was 5,436,782 (Source UNESCO).
- Iraqi teachers
currently earn from ID 100,000 to 500,000 per month (US $66.66 -$333.33).
- Under Saddam Hussein,
teachers earned from ID 8,000 to 20,000 per month (US $5.33 - $13.33).
- More than 100 primary
and secondary teachers, principals and supervisors from around the country,
represented the first wave of Iraqi educators to be trained in effective
teaching methods and given a Master Teacher Trainer certification.
- These Master Teacher
Trainers will help train more than 800 teachers across Iraq by the end
of October. This teacher training serves as an important signal that
schools will be different now that the system is no longer under the
control of Saddam Hussein.
- School books are
currently being reprinted with all references to Saddam Hussein and
Baathist Party removed.
- A committee of
Iraqi teachers convened by the Ministry of Education and led by Fuad
Hussein reviewed student text book titles to remove Saddam and Baathist
- UNESCO and UNICEF
are reprinting a total of 72 million books. UNESCO is printing approximately
5 million science and math textbooks; UNICEF all other subjects.
- School security
is the responsibility of everyone. Teachers, principals and local communities
are taking responsibility with the help of Iraqs Facility Protection
Services (FPS), Iraqi Police and Coalition forces for student safey.