US-Iraq Joint Coordinating Cmte for Cultural and Educational Cooperation

To promote English language teaching and learning, the United States supported the establishment of an Iraq chapter of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) in November 2011, creating a professional association for English teachers within Iraq and connecting them to the international community. The U.S. government will expand the English Access Microscholarship Program to provide 1,500 scholarships to disadvantaged secondary school students in all provinces in Iraq, a 50 percent increase from last year. The English Language Institute, established through a $1 million grant to Ball State University and in partnership with the Government of Iraq, will provide English language instruction to hundreds of Iraqi scholarship students each year.

Primary and Secondary Education:

The U.S. and Iraq are working to strengthen primary school management, improve primary and secondary teacher’s pedagogical skills, and enhance access to quality education for girls and vulnerable groups. A new partnership between USAID and the Iraqi Ministry of Education aims to improve teaching skills, develop the management and monitoring abilities of ministry inspectors and primary school supervisors, and enhance education policy-making processes.

Cultural Heritage:

The United States, Iraq, and premier American academic institutions, museums, and NGOs are collaborating to ensure sustainable preservation of Iraqi national sites, monuments, and collections of world importance. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has committed $550,000 to continue support for the educational programs of the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH) in Erbil through 2013. The Institute has also recently secured $650,000 in funding from private American foundations to continue its education and training programs.

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