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Education needs assessment Siniyah district, Salaaldin – Iraq

Subject/Objective: 
Education Needs Assessment
Key findings: 
Across all the assessed location, 97% of adult respondents indicated their children did not attend school at all. Seeking to understand whether child labour was underpinning non-attendance, they were also asked if children were contributing to household income. It did not appear that this was the case in many families, with 3% or less of respondents indicating yes. While child labour appeared to be less of a concern, non-attendance rates appeared to be relatively high, and may indicate an area for future SCI provision. It appears that challenges in school availability may be one of the primary challenges facing families in these areas. Please see subsequent discussions for more detail. 95% of the community representatives regard education spaces as safe for children and teachers, male and female. In the rural areas, however, there is a greater concern for safety and community representatives thought it unsafe for boys and girls (67% resp. 44%), as well as for teachers (34% for both male and female). The main reason for this could be the potential IED contamination as well as ISIL attacks from the west desert. Children’s concern for their physical safety is reflected in their designs of their dream school. Children being denied access to school for several reasons are also being denied the opportunity to express themselves at through play or other creative activities, vital in their psychological recovery from the events they have witnessed and been part of, as well as their continued development. When drawing their dream schools, it was observed that school-going children found it much easier to draw their dream school (or learning space) than the out-of-school children, showing the importance of schooling in learning to express oneself. Children themselves reported that the best things about school are the opportunity it provides to learn, play and be with friends – all vital aspects of their overall well-being as well as personal development. Whilst out-of-school the majority of parents and community representatives reported that their children are staying at home, some of them are doing household tasks, whereas between 19% (according to parents) and 11% (according to community members) of the children are working. Types of work were not specified in this assessment.
Assessment Report: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Questionnaire: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Data: 
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Assessment Date(s): 
17 Mar 2019
Status: 
Report completed
Population Type(s): 
Children
Cluster(s)/Sector(s): 
Location(s): 
Iraq