Education Projects

Yazda`s Educational Programs Include: 

  • Building a school in Bakra village to offer education for more than 300 children who have had no previous opportunity to learn.
  • Informal mobile education program in Sinjar area to minimize the gap for the last three years absence of children from schools,
  • Informal education and training for survivors of ISIS enslavement as a part of the Yazda psychological and psychosocial program
  • Cultural preservation courses for children to preserve Yazidi religious and cultural tradition.
  • Education program for university students and young adults in the camps and at the university of Dohuk and Zaxo to equip them with key knowledge and motivation to deal with the Genocide and succeed in their lives.
  • Yazda was able to open Al-Taakhi high schools in support of KRG in Duhok city for more than 1600  students in 2016.
  • Yazda was also able to facilitate 10 students to study at university of Milano-Bicocca in 2016.

 

1- Building AL-Bakra Primary School:

In Partnership with one of our international donors, we have completed construction of a primary school consists of 6 classrooms in Bakra village. The school will serve more than 120 kids who were unable to access basic education. The project was completed in April 2017 and handed over to education authorities.

In Partnership with one of our international donors, we have completed construction of a primary school consists of 6 classrooms in Bakra village. The school will serve more than 120 kids who were unable to access basic education. The project was completed in April 2017 and handed over to education authorities.

3- The Tireja Roje Program:

Funded by Norwegian Church Aid (NCA). run since 2015 and through 2016 providing a learning place for adults and children in IDP camps. Main focus was the cultural and religious identity of the Yazidi community. The importance of this project is that Yazidi tradition is oral, and traditions are easily forgotten or lost when communities suffer displacement and genocide. 4 religious leaders, gave twice weekly sessions to approximately 100 adults per month. Children participated in groups of 20 to 30 each session.

7- Scholarship:

The university of Milano-Bicocca/Italy awarded 10 sponsored scholarships for Yazidis after a request submitted to the university by Nadia Murad, a Yazidi ISIS survivor and human rights activist, and Yazda organisation on May 2016. In a strict screening process, Yazda selected these 10 students out of 120 students who applied for the scholarships.

2- Education and Support for Children(ESASFC)

In Iraq, thousands of Yazidi children have been orphaned since the ISIS attacks of 2014, while others have been held in captivity and forced to participate in violent acts. Many of the children who avoided capture by ISIS still live in camps without access to education and proper care. Their childhoods are being stolen from them.

One of Yazda’s primary goals is to provide direct humanitarian and education support for Yazidi youth. Currently, Yazda is only able to assist children who visit our Women’s Center located in Duhok. This limits the number we are able to reach, therefore we are hopeful to acquire funding to expand these services to also help children living in IDP camps and the Sinjar region.

Our present education goals include:

  • Documentation and identification of those children who need sponsorship or adoption
  • Mobilization of resources to provide direct humanitarian aid
  • Establishing educational programming to ensure that children continue to receive the education they deserve, as well providing trauma and medical support
  • The educational side of this program has not been initiated because of lack of funds.

 

4- Golden Pen Educational Program

In 2015-2016 Yazda managed an education program in the camps and at the University of Dohuk and Zaxo to equip students with key knowledge and motivation to deal with the Genocide and succeed in their lives. The program was completed in summer 2016.  This program also included printing books related to the Genocide.

5- Al-Taakhi High Schools

in support of KRG in Duhok city for more than 1600 students in 2016. As a part of Takhli school project, where about 1600 students who are pursuing their education for their senior year in high school after two years of discontinuity as a result of the War and civil unrest in the region, Yazda has taken the initiative to avoid disruption of education because of salaries delay as the teachers have not received any since the beginning of the year. Yazda has funded one month salary for 49 teachers which is equivalent to 15,000 US dollars. Al Takhi school was opened on the advocacy work of Yazda.

6- Education for survivors: 

From Jun 2015- Feb 2017 this project was funded by Norwegian Church aid to support 200 survivors. The activities include:

1- Teaching language basic literacy

2- teaching skills including knitting, sewing and handicrafts.

3- Workshop on GBV

Survivors coming to Yazda Center were offered courses on activities aim of socialising and learning new skills that can become income generating. Specialised trainers delivered the training within the framework of the psychosocial support run by Yazda staff.

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