How will this webinar work?
please ensure your microphone/phone is on mute
the webinar will be recorded
please refrain from asking any questions during the webinar. There will be a Q&A
section at the end of the webinar.
About the British Council?
The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other
countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are on the ground in six
continents and over 100 countries bringing international opportunity to life, every day.
Aims of the webinar
develop an understanding of Iraq, and its Education system and the challenges they
benefits of partnering with a schools in Iraq for pupils and teachers
how the British Council can help your school partner with a schools in Iraq
how to apply and useful contact details
Facts about Iraq
many people in Iraq speak English, though Arabic is the most spoken language
Iraq has many different climates. It is surrounded by Kuwait on the Southeast, Iran on
the East, Turkey on the North, and Jordan on the West
Hanging Gardens in Iraq was one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Education system in Iraq
The educational system in Iraq consists of:
an optional two-year pre-school education
six years of compulsory basic education
Three years of secondary academic or vocational education for students aged 15 to 18,
after the Three years students sit for a General Certificate of Secondary Education
Education system in Iraq
students are required to take 9 subjects; Arabic, English, Mathematics, Social
Studies, Computer Studies , Geography, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics. Islamic
studies are also mandatory for all students except for Christian students
there are 24 General educational directorates of education in Iraq and each directorate
has control over a number departments to control over a number of schools.
Schools and controlling authority
private schools are controlled by the Private Directorate
military Schools are controlled by the Directorate of Ministry of Defense
Public schools are controlled by the Ministry of Education directly.
Iraq, despite showing impressive improvement in the education system, still needs to fix
some of the persistent problems in this sector. With the rising growing youth population,
Iraqi government has to ensure that the quality of education and level of skills imparted can
help the new generation to compete effectively in the national and international arena
Iraqi population is 33 millions, more than of the half below the age of 30 years. Almost
1/4 of Iraqis enroll in educational facilities and this causes pressure on the infrastructure
and financial resources within the Ministry of Education.
What are the benefits for pupils?
understanding of middle eastern culture, society and education
helping students understanding their rights and responsibilities as global citizens.
preparing students for work in a global economy and building a fairer, more
Iraq is saturated in history and culture; from the moment you arrive, you will get a sense
of its rich heritage. The Sumerians, Akkadian, Ottomans; Christians and Muslims have
all left their terraces at the several thousand archaeological and historical sites. The
Iraq offers a wide variety of Climates and geographical terrain will bring culture and
learning alive in the classroom.
What are the benefits for teachers and educators?
a chance to improve teaching skills and the curriculum by sharing best practice
opportunities to visit your partner school in Erbil / Iraq /with the British Council
a greater understanding of other countries, their cultures and their education
resources to help you explore social, environmental, and cultural themes
Access to online British Council run professional development courses.
How can the British Council help you partner with
schools in Iraq?
We can support you in:
finding a partner – or school ‘cluster’ partner - and helping you apply
funding your partnership
managing your visit safely – e.g. help with local travel and accommodation.
Advice and support every step of the way
Partnership Structure – two way; 1-1 or 3-3 schools
Grant funding - £1500 per school
Building Equitable and Sustainable Partnerships
Resources available: Webinar, Step by step guidance, Screencast
If any questions, please email Schools@britishcouncil.org
register on the British Council Schools Online site http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/
British Council will suggest potential school partners in Iraq and connect you
develop a joint application for a Connecting Classrooms partnership grant
deadlines each term so apply when you and your partner school are ready
For more info, please email email@example.com
Question and Answer session
Apply before 31 January 2014