Last week, under the innovative USAID-funded project, ‘’Supporting the Return of Displaced Population in the Ninewa Plains and Western Ninewa’’, Yazda distributed furniture and supplies to 12 schools in Sinjar. More schools in Sinjar will benefit from this project in the coming months.
This activity was one of several measures that Yazda is taking to support access to formal education in Sinjar. Since December, under the same project, Yazda has been providing lecture-based allowances to 35 teachers in eight schools to help address the critical gap in human resources. Yazda is also supporting 1,200 students to reach school through the provision of transportation with support of USAID-ICRI. More information on the project can be found here.
In conjunction with these efforts, Yazda is supporting 830 students to access Informal Education through five centres in Sinjar. 13 teachers are teaching English, Critical Thinking, Music, Sport and other entertainment activities to children in 5 towns/villages in Sinjar.
Snuni and Sinjar periphery communities are inhabited primarily by minority communities that suffered significant displacement and infrastructure damage during the ISIS occupation. Barriers to accessing schools that have re-opened, staff shortages and lack of furnitures and supplies in schools are some of the challenges facing the Education System in Sinjar and in turn hindering recovery and IDP returns.
Beneficiaries schools are: Sinuni Secondary School, Sinuni High School, Barkhwadan Secondary School, Dohla Secondary School, Iraq Secondary School, Iraq Middle School, Sarkaften Secondary School, Iraq Primary School, Sinjar Secondary School, Yousivan Primary School, Sardashti School and Barhingar Middle School.