Thursday, 12 June 2014 16:23

UNICEF supports catch-up classes for displaced children in Anbar

Baghdad, 11 June 2014 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in a joint effort with the Directorate of Education (DoE) in Anbar, is organizing Catch-Up Classes (CUC) for more than 1,500 students displaced and affected by violence in Anbar Governorate. The one month Catch-up Classes started today and aim to provide students from the 9th till 12th grade with an opportunity and space to better prepare themselves over the summer holidays for their final examination, which were postponed until August 2014. The idea originated from the concern that a majority of the displaced students from Fallujah and Ramadi did not attend school for more than three months and are at risk of a set-back by almost one academic year. 


According to the International Organization for Migration, violence in Anbar Province has displaced almost 80,000 families (close to 500,000 individuals) since the beginning of the year and impacted thousands more, as security, infrastructure and access to basic services in Fallujah, Ramadi, continuously deteriorated. Children and their families face low food supplies, poor access to safe water and health care services, dangerous sanitation levels, and suspension of education, which can ultimately have long-term effects on the development of the children and Anbar Governorate as a whole.

UNICEF and the DoE identified 14 locations, including local schools and teachers’ institutes in 6 sub-districts in Anbar Governorate, including Khaldiah, Haditha, Heet, Anah, Rawah and Al-Qaim, which are hosting this extra-curricular learning initiative. “We must do everything in our power to support central and local authorities in bringing aid to the people affected by the events in Anbar and in minimizing the effects of violence on the well-being and development of the concerned children.” said Dr. Marzio Babille, UNICEF’s Representative to Iraq.

While the Anbar DoE committed to making classrooms, teachers and textbooks available over the summer holidays, UNICEF is supporting the CUC initiative through financial assistance, as well as the provision of teaching and learning materials and of incentives and training for the 156 teachers who volunteered to work throughout their holidays.

In preparation of the CUCs, UNICEF had conducted three five day trainings for a total of 100 teachers and school principals from 55 schools, which are hosting displaced students. Additional 60 teachers from other schools will be trained throughout June. The teacher trainings took place at the end of May and had been organized in line with UNICEF’s Education in Emergencies program, in order to qualify them to respond to the specific needs of students affected by migration and contribute to child friendly school environments. 

For further information, please contact

Dr. Marzio Babille, Country Representative, UNICEF; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +964 7809194142

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

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  • Agency: UNICEF
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