Education Disaster in Sinjar: Over 18 000 students in 32 schools with only 100 paid teachers

Updated: Mar 5, 2019

Children living in Sinjar and Nineveh plain are continuing to suffer from the effects of the genocide campaign launched by ISIS in 2014; thousands of them are being deprived of education due to destruction of their school infrastructures and lack of teachers and supplies.

According to the new need assessment conducted by Yazda on schools in Sinjar, there are 18 680 students in 32 primary and secondary schools in Sinjar city and its surrounding towns and villages, 18 of those are following the educational curriculum in Arabic and 14 in Kurdish. However there are only 102 teachers employed by the government. With no support from the dedicated volunteers who are supporting the schools for free, this would mean 183 students per teacher. 382 volunteers supporting the teachers bring the number up to 484 educators, but the ratio of 38 students per teacher is still high especially in the vulnerable context of Sinjar and with damaged or nonexistent infrastructure.

Yazda with its partners and as a part of an innovative 20 months project titled ‘’Supporting the Return of Displaced Population in Ninewa Plains and West Ninewa’’ are supporting the formal education system in the city of Sinjar and other cities close by, through providing schools with lecturers as well as teaching materials and supplies.

As part of this project, 35 teachers have been hired to fill some urgent gaps in 8 of the most needed schools in Sinjar.

In an event organised by Yazda in Snuni subdistrict, the 35 teachers were hired in coordination with the local government and the school administrations of Sinjar who both welcomed the step and described it as a very important and needed action. The 35 teachers have been distributed over the following schools based on the number of students and needs of the schools for teachers.

The above schools will also get monthly grant for teaching materials and supplies.