In Iraq, many schools are confronted with an increased number of students due to large-scale displacement. Some schools run up to three shifts daily, putting pressure on school buildings and contributing to poor learning environments.
Qudra 2 supports local governments’ efforts by rehabilitating schools through Quick Impact Projects to provide students with better and safer learning environments. The work done in school buildings mainly focuses on rehabilitating facilities, electrical safety, waterproofing of roofs, repair of doors and windows and barrier-free access to the classrooms for students with special needs.
The rehabilitation work concluded in Amin Zaki School in Sulaymaniyah included fixing a leaking roof, which immediately reduced class disruptions. Also, the newly constructed cafeteria provides children with a safe space to relax during breaks and interact with peers.
“I truly can see the results reflecting positively in our students’ behaviour. Students feel better when they see their learning environment has improved. In the end, students who have a better attitude are more open to learning and work harder,” says Ahmed Abdullah, the principal of Amin Zaki School, which was renovated with Qudra 2.
As of 2022, rehabilitation in six more schools has begun. An additional six school rehabilitations are planned in Duhok, Halabja, Anbar and Nineveh.