Education is one of the most powerful contributors to sustainable development and securing safe access for students is vital during the coronavirus pandemic. A new initiative to ensure students in areas of Anbar Governorate can attend school to perform their exams during the pandemic emphasizes how education is key, even under critical circumstances.
On August 31, eleven exam centers in Al Qaim were sterilized so that students could safely attend school the next day for examinations. The campaign includes sanitization of schools in the remote areas of Al Qaim, Rawa, Anah, Haditha, and Heet in Anbar Governorate and is ongoing until examinations finish on September 20. In addition to the sanitization, information on prevention of COVID-19 is posted and masks, hand sanitizer, and gloves are made available for students, teachers and school staff.
Local Peace Committees supported by UNDP and funded by the Government of Denmark have implemented these activities in partnership with non-governmental organization Pulse of Hope.