Sunni Endowment and UNESCO agree to strengthen cooperation in education and heritage preservation

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The Sunni Endowment and UNESCO will strengthen their cooperation in education and heritage preservation. This is the main outcome of the meeting today of a delegation from the Sunni Endowment headed by Sheikh Abdel Latif Al Humaim, Minister of the Sunni Endowment, with Axel Plathe, Representative of UNESCO to Iraq and a team from the UNESCO Office for Iraq.

The meeting discussed the current heritage preservation project being implemented as well as projects to be jointly established between both organizations in the future.

The meeting reviewed the current status and the next stages of the project ‘Enhancing capacities in the documentation and conservation of historical religious buildings and in the refurbishment of contemporary mosques in historical context’, which is funded by the Sunni Endowment and is being implemented by UNESCO.

Both parties also stressed their joint interest in working together in the field of education. Advocating for enhanced cooperation, the Sunni Endowment delegation and UNESCO discussed possible partnerships in areas such as curriculum development, capacity building programmes targeted for teachers and school directors as well as the possibility of carrying out quality assessments of schools and colleges of the Sunni Endowment.

With the recent crisis in Iraq resulting in unprecedented numbers of IDPs, the Sunni Endowment and UNESCO also discussed the possibilities to partner to provide education opportunities for children of IDP communities.