In 2011 The George Oliver Foundation contributed funding to War Child to facilitate literacy/life-skill lessons for 54 girls for six months in Thi Qar, Southern Iraq.
War Child set up a new education project in southern Iraq during 2011, entirely funded by The George Oliver Foundation, enabling 54 out of school girls in Thi-Qar to receive 2 hours of lessons per week for six months. These vital literacy and life-skills lessons have brought great benefits in an area where access to education is extremely limited.
War Child also works with local schools and the department of education to accelerate education programmes for children, raise girl’s education rights through workshops and works to end bad practices such as early/forced marriages. They have set up two Child Protection Committees and continue to use these to develop awareness of issues around children in these communities.
We have been asscociated with War Child for several years and we passionately believe in the work they do in addressing the inequalities of opportunity and instability caused by war. This project will ensure that girls who are not receiving education and support will do so and War Child’s model of having strong local teams in place is one that gives us great confidence in their ability to deliver their targets.
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About War Child -
War Child work to support the most vulnerable children in the world's most dangerous war zones. They are currently running ground-breaking support projects in Iraq, Afghanistan, D.R. Congo and Uganda. Much of their work is with former child soldiers, children living on the streets, children put in prison and girls at risk of rape or violence.
War Child's mission is "to support and strengthen the protective environment for children who, as a result of conflict, live with a combination of insecurity, poverty and exclusion."
War Child UK has been working in Iraq since 2003 and are one of the few
international Non-Governmental Organisations offering child protection.
Their work in Iraq is currently focused on three of the most disadvantaged groups - Marsh Arabs, Bedouin and Internally Displaced Communities, working to increase education opportunities and promote child protection and rights.
War Child's aim is to increase the very low school attendance rates in the South by helping children access schools by providing - alternatives for child labourers, livelihood grants for children and families, school uniforms and materials. They are also working to improve the quality of classrooms and playgrounds and targeting the Ministry of Education to improve teaching standards as well as working with communities to raise awareness of the importance of education.
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