Student Enterprises Iraq Start School Season 2021-2022
PAO, Alola and the Vocational Education Directorate (VED) attended a meeting in Erbil and discussed the implementation of the SE program for the second year with new schools in new districts. The Student Enterprises Program will continue all over Iraq by Alola Organization and PAO Organization in cooperation with The Education ministry in Iraq and KRG. The Student Enterprises Program in Iraq is for students in Vocational Schools supervised by Norwegian Business Innovation Programs and supported by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.
In the first year of the program in 2020-2021 six districts participated. They were Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymaniyah administered by PAO, and Baghdad, Wasit and Karbala administered by ALOLA. 60 teachers were qualified as Training Leaders and more than 600 students were engaged in the program.
This school year 2021-2022 will include new districts for both organizations. PAO will be in Mosul and Kirkuk, and Alola will include Najaf and Dywhania. All in all, an additional of 25 schools will join the program. This will involve more than 1,000 students and 100 teachers.
Meetings with the Vocational Education Directorate have started, and it has been agreed to involve more Vocational Schools from more cities. General Manager Sadi Ali Hameed at the Directorate has had extended meetings concerning the details and processes to implement the program. However, the Corona-virus pandemic is affecting the school system hard. Nevertheless, he still means this program is especially important to help alleviate the current job situation in Iraq.
PAO, ALOLA and The Vocational Education Planning Department have started coordinating in order that the program can start as soon as possible in October. The Manager of the Training Center-VED, Eng. Thaer Mizher, has initiated contact with the personnel and schools from districts to be involved.
The first training for the first group of the teachers (Training Leaders) to start new phase of the Student Enterprise Program will start in November.