Thou­sands of stu­dents de­prived of ed­u­ca­tion

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Zakaria Muhammed

Sta­tis­ti­cal re­ports show that over 116,000 dis­placed stu­dents from Shin­gal and Kobani have been de­prived of their stud­ies this year.

With vi­o­lence ex­pand­ing across Iraq es­pe­cially in the Kur­dish ar­eas, the num­ber of refugees and “in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons” is swelling this year, in a way that it never has hap­pened be­fore. The prob­lem ex­tends far beyond those who have been dis­placed by Is­lamic State in Syria. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is con­tin­u­ously re­ceiv­ing refugees from Shin­gal and Kobani. There are tens of thou­sands of stu­dents among the dis­placed fam­i­lies who have been de­prived of ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion.

Some of the dis­placed peo­ple from Shin­gal are based in Duhok city and those who have left Kobani re­sorted to Su­laimaniya. The Kur­dish Cap­i­tal city of Er­bil has hosted some refugees from both Kobani and Shin­gal. The KRG Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has tried to ded­i­cate seats for the stu­dents, but the prob­lem is that most of the stu­dents have been in Ara­bic schools in Syria, while Kur­dis­tan re­gion does not have enough Ara­bic schools for all the stu­dents.

There are only 69 schools in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion where sub­jects are taught in Ara­bic lan­guage, and the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry has al­ready an­nounced that the stu­dents who have stud­ied in Ara­bic in Shin­gal town can join those schools.

Fa­tima Mawlawi Zada, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry spokesper­son, said “We have tried to work on two pro­cesses: first, the refugees in Duhok have to be trans­ferred to the camps. In the sec­ond stage, we have to iden­tify the ex­act num­ber of the stu­dents be­fore send­ing teach­ers to them,”

Zada also said the stu­dents will be able to go to school once their num­bers were known. Then, the pro­grams will be taught in the lan­guage they choose.

Due to the eco­nomic cri­sis, the Kur­dish gov­ern­ment has not been able to build camps for the refugees in time. And be­cause of the huge num­ber of refugees, which es­ti­mated to be 1,600000, the KRG faced dif­fi­cul­ties to re­spond to their ba­sic needs. Thou­sands of oth­ers stu­dents have also been de­prived of go­ing back to their school in Duhok city due to the refugees who in­habit them.

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