Ministry of Education announced Wednesday that it has signed a joint work plan with UNICEF to improve basic education in Iraq.
A statement by the ministry, received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), stated that "the Ministry of Education held today the signing ceremony of a joint work plan, with the United Nations Children's Fund - UNICEF, to implement projects aimed at improving basic education in Iraq for the years 2022-2023," noting that "decrees of the signing took place in the presence of the Minister of Education, Ali Hamid Al-Dulaimi, the Deputy Representative of UNICEF in Iraq Ken Legins, and members of the Steering Committee, while the Ministry was represented by the Administrative Undersecretary of the Ministry Falah Al-Qaisi.
The statement added that "the work plan signed today is a continuation of the joint cooperation plan between the Iraqi government represented by the Ministry of Planning and the office of the United Nations Children's Fund - UNICEF in Iraq," noting that "the Ministry of Education has taken important and long-term steps to achieve an effective educational system, but the way still has a long and challenging path ahead, and with will and commitment, these goals will be achieved, that the UNICEF, along with key development partners, will provide the necessary support to the Ministry to enable it to achieve its goals."
The minister said, according to the statement, "We welcome UNICEF's support and realize that we need to provide high-quality levels for our children in the field of education," explaining that "signing the agreement will give the signal to start working on implementing a set of projects, including supporting the implementation of the Educational Information Management System (EMIS), improving the quality of education and caring for Children and females to access early education, in addition to supporting the Iraqi national strategy in education and supporting the project to assess the national tests.
For his part, Ken Legins confirmed that "UNICEF is pleased to work hand in hand with the Ministry of Education," expressing his "happiness to respond to the needs and requests of the Iraqi government and to sign this action plan to activate it in providing formal and non-formal education and early education for children aged 3-18 years, including: humanitarian situations and the strengthening of educational systems.