EAC Partnership Iraq

The EAC Partnership Iraq project is implemented by the UNESCO's Iraq office and seeks to enroll 30,000 out of school children in four governorates of Iraq in quality primary education programs.

EAC Partnership Iraq

The project aims to provide a full, accelerated course of quality primary education benefiting those out of school children that are currently not targeted through governmental and non-governmental interventions.

The overall project is planned in two phases over four years. EAC currently supports Phase 1 which works with four governorates (Erbil, Nineva, Baghdad, and Basrah) to enroll 30,000 students in accelerated and accredited education programs.  Phase 1 will also see 100 schools built or rehabilitated.  These schools will be provided with teaching and learning materials.

Phase 2 will expand the scope and the geographical coverage of the initiative to reach more than 150,000 out of school children in eight additional governorates selected for their vulnerability.

The intervention is based on community participation and involvement and develops a holistic educational package including the provision of a full course primary education through an accelerated learning program and additional support programs including health, counseling and family mobilization to ensure enrolment in the targeted communities.

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EAC partnered with UNESCO to help realise Sustainable Development Goal 4 (ensure inclusive and quality education for all), as well as the former Millennium Development Goal 2 (achieve universal primary education). To that end, the two have joined in partnership to implement education interventions in 11 countries to reach OOSC in Asia and the Middle East.




Starting in the 1980s, Iraq, a prosperous oil nation, began to undergo detrimental bouts of violence and military conflict with its neighbours Iran and later Kuwait. These activities along with ensuing international sanctions had far-reaching effects on the country’s economy and development. What remained of the economy was, in large part, destroyed by the 2003 invasion and insurgent attacks on the country’s infrastructure, which have cost Iraq billions in revenue. At present, significant levels of sectarian violence, insecurity and corruption hamper the country’s development prospects.