Education

We believe better education means less man-made disasters, less poverty, more jobs, and better community. Therefore, we have focused on education from the beginning and planned and implemented numerous activities and projects in the sector of education.
 

Our Education projects are designed and implemented by the Civil Society & Democracy Programs Department. The head of the department is Mr. Nidham Muhsin nidham@mercyhands.net , assisted by Ms. Shireen Mohammed shireen.mohammed@mercyhands.net.

Mercy Hands is registered at the Iraqi Ministry of Education – Directorate of NGOs as an NGO operating in Education Sector, click here to read Mercy Hands Registration Letter issued by the Iraqi Ministry of Education. We closely and continuously coordinate with the Ministry of Education at different levels.

Our goals in the education sector are:

  • Raising awareness in the community about education and literacy.
  • Encouragement of the participation and attendance of Iraqi girls and women in education, by raising their awareness about their rights in education in addition to advocating for these rights.
  • Support of the Governmental strategies, institutes, teachers and facilitators to raise the level of education in the community.
  • Networking with national and international Non-Governmental Organizations to improve education in Iraq.
  • Building strong relationship and collaborations with the Iraqi Universities to involve the academic staffs in supporting the development of the community from one side in addition to building up the capacities of these Universities from the other side.
  • Reduction of illiteracy and the high rates of dropped out children through different projects and activities.

 

Highlights of Our Education Activities:

We have implemented numerous activities and projects in education sector, in collaboration with national and international organizations; here is a highlight of some of them:

  • Peace Education Curriculum & ICCC Summer School: Funded by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), implemented in Baghdad between August and October 2007, total budget $24,200.00
  • Peace Education School for Vulnerable Children: Funded by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), implemented in Baghdad between November 2008 and June 2009, total budget $103,438.20.
  • As part of the celebration in the annual International Day of Literacy in September 2010, we implemented a four-days workshop in Baghdad University and The Technology Institute in Baghdad. The workshop focused on the importance of literacy, as part of a larger effort to generate public debate/ awareness on the National Literacy Strategy and particularly on the theme of literacy for women empowerment. UNESCO supported the implementation of this activity.
  • We supported the establishment of a Consulting Centre for Education, which was run by teachers from Al-Mustansirya University – College of Education and Experts in the field of education, by providing logistic support and organizational development training.
  • In 2011, we became involved in UNESCO's global effort to accelerate literacy, called Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE), and became a member of a network of international and national NGOs working on LIFE in Iraq.
  • In September 2011, Mercy Hands celebrated the International Day for Literacy by organizing social parties and workshops in Babil and Salah Al Din Governorates.
  • In 2012, Mercy Hands launched a new program in partnership with UNESCO, called "Establishing Community Learning Centers in Iraq for Literacy and Life Skills Program". The program was implemented between June 2012 and May 2013.
  • Peace Education Program for Children in Al-Jihad Neighborhood: Funded by United States Institute of Peace (USIP), implemented in Baghdad between November 2012 and July 2013, total budget $55,414.00.
  • Also in 2012 and in partnership with UNESCO, Mercy Hands conducted four workshops in Baghdad in one day to train young people on youth activity and submitted pre & post training evaluations.
  • In 2014, Mercy Hands launched another program in partnership with UNESCO, called "Educate A Child Initiative (EACI)". The aim of the program was to enroll 4500 dropped out of schools children back in school and establish Accelerated Literacy Centers. The project was implemented in Baghdad, between February and December 2014. Total budget $251,405.00.

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  • In November 3, 2015 Mercy Hands conducted a workshop in Baghdad, in collaboration with UNESCO, to assess the impact of the use of 3 infographic films among young girls and boys ages 15 and up to 25.The films were about three civic values (citizenship, politics, and resources reservation). Mercy Hands developed and tested the data collection tool – a questionnaire for surveying youth who have seen the films to assess the impact of the films. Read the report on Impact of Civic Values Infographic Movies Workshop.
 
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  •  In August 2016, Mercy Hands conducted a workshop in Tikrit to address the educational challenges facing host and IDP children in Salah Al Din. Here is an infographic of the workshop:

Research

In addition to our community assistance projects, we are also active in research and assessment in education sector. For our research and assessment skills, we were selected by UNESCO in 2011 to gather data (interviews, focus groups, questionnaires) in Central and Southern governorates to support the evaluation of three UNESCO projects, namely: "Distance-Learning", "Improving Relevance and Quality of Technical and Vocation in Iraq", and "Local Area Development Program".