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.

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 cycle 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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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has partnered with EAC to work toward achieving Millennium Development Goal 2, ensuring universal primary education. As a strategic partner UNESCO works with EAC to advance the agenda of out of school children at an international level. In partnership with EAC, UNESCO also implements projects in ten countries to ensure that out of school children have an opportunity to complete a full course of primary education.




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.