Thousands of students deprived of education
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.