ERBIL, 21 May 2015 –UNESCO and its partners celebrated today with students, parents and teachers the opening of the newly constructed Tasloja Secondary School for internally displaced persons in Sulaimaniyah.
The ceremony held today marks the opening of the fifth school constructed by UNESCO within the framework of the project ‘Providing access to quality education to adolescents and young adults in conflict-affected areas in Iraq’, funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The opening of Tasloja Secondary School comes only 3 days after the opening of Kabarto secondary school in Dohuk and also follows the opening of the Baharka Secondary School, the Dawodiyah Secondary School and the Migrant Birds Intermediate School and is another milestone in UNESCO’s efforts to provide quality education to children and adolescents of IDP communities and to ensure equal opportunities to education for both girls and boys.
Welcoming the students, UNESCO Project Manager Zulfiqar Ali said, “The future of the youth of Iraq depends on what we do today. Their access to quality education is the corner stone for stability and peace in Iraq.
The opening ceremony was held in the presence of government and education officials from the Ministries of Education of Baghdad and Erbil, UN Agencies, International NGOs, and civil society organizations as well as students, parents and teachers.
Both the Deputy Governor of Sulaimaniyah, Sardar Qadier and the Director General of Education in Sulaimaniyah, Najmuddin Ali Ahmad, expressed their gratitude to UNESCO, the Ministries of Education of Baghdad and Erbil and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their support in establishing the secondary school.
With its 6 classrooms, 14 toilets, a play area, a common room for the teachers, and one for the head teacher as well as a store, the Tasloja Secondary School will host up to 500 students and 20 teachers in two shifts.