In our EU-funded Capacity Building in Primary and Secondary Education-Improving Quality and Equity Project in Iraq (2017–2021) we collaborated with stakeholders at policy, institutional and community levels to remove barriers and support education system strengthening and learning for all children. Working with the national Iraqi Disability Alliance, we supported the production of the first National framework for inclusive education (2020) and with a network of 35 community-based organisations, we improved school environments for children with disabilities through physical access improvements and community campaigning, preventing 14,500 girls and boys from dropping out of school.
Technical and Vocational Education and Training
Our Technical and Vocational Education and Training programme in Libya funded by EU worked to demonstrate improvements in the design of education and training systems at national and district level. Through engagement in Tripoli, Benghazi, Misratah, Sabha, we worked with 50 business partners and employers and over 750 teachers/trainers, reaching 15, 000 Learners/graduates.
We designed and delivered the Strengthening Resilience programme funded by EU which addressed the challenge of countering violent extremism through tackling individual recruitment and building resilience. We drew on our research on child online behaviour to partner with government and civil society partners in Lebanon specifically to design a nationwide awareness campaign that addressed the risks of online recruitment, harassment, and ‘sextortion’. We then applied further research findings through the development of the National Action Plan on Countering Violent Extremism in Lebanon, mobilising our expertise to deliver activities across the wide-ranging nine-pillars of the Action Plan.