$24m Programme to Improve Primary Education in Iraq

“Given higher levels of mothers’ education drastically improves the survival, education and protection of their children, providing the best quality education to girls today, the next generation of mothers, is urgently required. This programme will be a driving force to empower the next generation of Iraqi women,” Khan said.

This programme is part of UNICEF Iraq’s new 2011-2014 country programme that is supporting the Government of Iraq develop policies that ensure the full protection of children’s rights, support its nationwide delivery of essential services, and implement area-based programmes to reach the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children across the country. Contributing around €24M to UNICEF’s education and water and sanitation programmes, the EU is a principal partner in improving the access of Iraq’s 15 million children to quality water and sanitation and education services.

The programme is a component of the EU’s €42 million assistance package, approved in December 2009, to strengthen the capacity of Iraq's institutions to improve the provision of quality basic services and to build the capacity of Iraq's governance structure and rule of law system, which are fully in accordance with the priorities put forward by the Government of Iraq, as well as the global UNICEF/EU partnership to protect children’s rights around the world.


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