UNICEF supports positive discipline and enabling environment for Iraqi children

Erbil, 6 April 2014 – A regional conference supported by UNICEF on positive discipline at home and in school has recommended the conduct of a comprehensive study for defining a positive discipline model specific to Iraq. 


The Positive Discipline Regional Conference held on 2 April last week also had its 30 participants proposing the review of existing laws, legislations and regulations, and their activation and proper enforcement. 

Led by the Ministry of Education (MoE) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the regional conference was attended by academics and representatives from ministries, international NGOs and the UNICEF that provided technical support via a project funded by the European Union. 

UNICEF will also further assist in the implementation of these recommendations towards institutionalizing positive discipline in Iraq. 

While the 2005 Iraqi Constitution bans corporal punishment, a recent survey conducted by UNICEF shows that 70 percent of children under the age of 14 are still subjected to physical and/or psychological punishment at home or school. 

"Children in Iraq have been traumatized by years of conflict and social instability,” said UNICEF Country Representative in Iraq, Mr. Marzio Babille. "It is our duty to make sure positive discipline helps them find their way into the modern world, and that all the actors who share the big responsibility of their education join their efforts to create for them a safe environment in which they can achieve their full potential," he added. 

“The MoE has worked actively and seriously on the matter of eliminating the violence in schools by running training courses and introducing a new way of civilized education," said 

Yousif Othman Hamad, Director-General for Planning of the Ministry of Education (MoE), KRG. 

"Nevertheless, our mentality and the way of treating children have not been changed much, and I hope the outcome of this conference will address the needs of the parents and teachers to take this agenda forward,” added Mr. Hamad. 

UNICEF in Iraq works towards creating an enabling environment for the children of Iraq for equitable education, health, water sanitation and protection. 


For more information, please contact: 

Dr. Jeffrey Bates, UNICEF Iraq, +964- 7801964524, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


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