Without urgent investment in education, Iraq’s future generations risk being left behind
The future of Iraq, its economic security and prosperity depends on increasing investment in education today.
And while the price of investing in Iraq’s education sector is high, failing to do so will cost the nation far more in the future.
“The Cost and Benefits of Education in Iraq” a UNICEF-supported report released today by the Ministry of Education estimates that Iraq lost almost US$1 billion in unrealized wages from school dropouts from the 2014-2015 school year.
Lack of investment threatens the future of millions of Iraqi children. 3.5 million school-aged Iraqi children are missing out on education, which means they are at increased risk of early marriage, child labour and recruitment into armed groups.
Half of all school buildings in Iraq need urgent repairs. Children are dropping out of school while others are repeating grades.
“Children in Iraq are suffering from protracted periods of conflict. Without equitable access to quality education, children are at risk: we are talking about losing a generation of children.” said UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Geert Cappelaere.