#ThisGenerationLearns – schools in Nineveh and Mosul are teaching children once more

You asked, we listened: our followers on social media wanted to hear more about education from our channels. As such, we launched our #ThisGenerationLearns campaign, highlighting the importance of getting children and students back to school after their plight under Daesh occupation. For more, follow @Coalition (or @CoalitionAR in Arabic) on Twitter.

Ahead of International Education Day on 24 January, let’s take a look back at some photos of children of all ages who went back to school across Nineveh and Mosul thanks to the repair work and refurbishment carried out under the UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilisation. This work is part of UNDP’s broader effort to support the Government of Iraq to enable almost 6 million displaced Iraqis to return home.

Maryam Al-Adhraa in East of Mosul ©UNDP Iraq / Claire Thomas

Maryam Al-Adhraa – The Virgin Mary — School is a Christian school in Hamdaniya, which is a predominantly Assyrian Christian town to the East of Mosul. Residents returned soon after liberation and school is back in session.

©UNDP Iraq / Claire Thomas
©UNDP Iraq / Claire Thomas

At Al-Thibyania, in the same area of Nineveh, learning spaces were also reclaimed for local children returning to their homes. Yezidis, Shabak, Kurds and Turkmen — as well as Christians — have moved back to the Nineveh Plains to restart their lives, and children are delighted to be back at their schools.

Al Addas Boys’ High School in West Mosul ©UNDP Iraq / Claire Thomas

At Al Addas Boys’ High School in West Mosul, Students are also back in action. Although Western Mosul suffered extensive damage, UNDP prioritised getting the kids back in school and learning again.

©UNDP Iraq / Claire Thomas

Meanwhile, extensive work was also done on schools in Eastern Mosul, among them Al-Intifidah, where these girls are once again allowed to attend lessons.

©UNDP Iraq / Claire Thomas
©UNDP Iraq / Claire Thomas

Another predominantly Assyrian Christian town in Nineveh Plains is Telesqof, located north of Mosul on the road to Dohuk. Here, a boy who returned to his hometown and to his studies at Telesqof High School for Boys, enjoys a science lesson. And here, girls take part in a sports lesson, where they practise football skills.

©UNDP Iraq / Claire Thomas
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