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Education and Media: Needs and Priorities in the Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI) - Needs Assessment Report January 2016


Aimed to better understand the enormity and diversity of the needs of displaced communities in the KRI, and the potential role that Christians can play in meeting these needs.


The assessment focused on educational needs, and the specific potential role Satellite television and local faith institutions might play in meeting these needs. The assessment was conducted between 17 and 22 January, 2016, by a team of two researchers using a mixed-methods design. Stakeholder interviews were conducted with a total of 20 stakeholders, including 4 KRG
representatives from the Ministry and Departments of Education; 5 school directors or teachers; 6 humanitarian partners including NGO and UN representatives; and 6 clergy members. Three focus groups were conducted in Ashti II Camp in Ankawa near Erbil: another was conducted with adolescent girls in Bakhetmeh village on the outskirts of Dohok. A household survey was implemented with 227 households in Ashti II camp in Ankawa, near Erbil.

Key findings: 

The findings for the assessment are highlighted as follows:-
1. Educational Culture and Priorities among Displaced Communities in KRI - in terms of Language, What people want out of education, Gender considerations.
2. Unique Needs of Children due to Conflict - relating to the Types and Levels of Education, Unique needs of children in conflict, Unique needs of teachers in conflict, Unique needs of directors in conflict.
3. Education Humanitarian Provision, and Churches’ Role - relating to Education Assistance non-Christians Want from Churches, Types of Actors.
4. Satellite and Information Technology Access and Usage.
5. Interfaith Engagement between Churches and Affected Populations - such as Religious Identity in KRG, and Relationship between the Church and Affected Populations.

Assessment Report: 
Assessment Questionnaire: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Data: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Date(s): 
03 Jan 2016 to 20 May 2016
Report completed
Unit(s) of Measurement: 
Collection Method(s): 
Focus group discussion
Population Type(s): 
Conflict affected population
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s):