School in Sinjar Mountain

£1,271 of £100k goal

Raised by 17 people in 20 months
To provide and ensure access to educational services for all Yezidi children and illiterate adolescents affected by the ISIS brutality and the situation in the Sharfedin!

We believe the journey of normalisation of life for displaced children begins from school, by investing in their education today we secure the their future.

Sharfadin is a holy place for Ezidi people.
Our medical team visited Sharfadin area in 2014 when ISIS were trying to seize the area.
The brave people defended their area and fortunately ISIS plan never succeed to destroy the 800- year-old shrine that is one of the holiest places on earth for Eezidies.
The medical team visit the area regularly and people are bringing up other problems than medical ones.
One of two hot topics are drinking water and education. Many youngster and their family have come forward and wished to learn how to read and write. They have learned that among those thousands of E

zidis who have been captured by ISIS, those who were illiterates specially young girls have not been able to make a try to contact their families since they could not dial a phone number.
Taking the hard situation in Kurdistan and in Iraq as whole with increasing demand due to escalating humanitarian crises we founded it important to step in and respond to their need.
Provision of Continued Primary and Middle School Education
To ensure the continuity of primary and middle level education opportunities for 550 Ezidi children, which include many teenager who are illiterate.
Children are from areas where overall educational indicators are poor, particularly for girls, thus there will be very few girls to be enrolled in primary and middle schools. They need to start to learn how to read and write.
These schools will be provided with the basic facilities to ensure access and quality of education. The facilities included caravans along with water and sanitation, teaching and learning materials as well as reading and writing materials.
Parent Teacher Councils will be formed in the area and members will be provided with orientation training on their role and responsibilities focusing on enrolment, retention and home study. In addition, for promotion of girls’ education we will form Mother’s and Father’s Groups to advocate for girls’ education. Although taking todays situation we don’t think this would be an issue. It was indeed the initiative of many parets who come forward and ask for helping them to educate their children we started this project.


Sharfadin and Surrounding villages: 550 children, 300 illiterate, aged 6 to 19 years old. 4 to 8 teachers, 4 are already available.
Although prior to August 2014, there were limited educational opportunities for girls in this areas, this is no longer an issue and fathers are coming forward and put their name in the list.

Improving Quality of Education

Quality is one of the most important aspects of education. This becomes more critical especially in emergencies and crisis situations where the availability of trained teachers is often limited.
Teacher mentoring methodology to be chosen in order to enhance students’ learning outcomes in a challenging environment. The aim of the project’s intervention is to strengthen the teachers’ pedagogical skills and content knowledge in schools.
Due to shortage of teacher as whole, no teacher assessment will be conducted to evaluate teachers but assessment for behavioural and pedagogical skills and identify weaknesses will be conducted to guide us for mentoring and helping them to improv. On the basis of this assessment, a mentoring program will be developed benefiting teachers and training them in management, mentoring skills, teaching methods and techniques, creating a conducive learning environment, lesson planning and class room management


Challenges to be faced:

Due to geographical distances there is need for at least two schools, one in Shafadin area in Mount Sinjar
The education cluster is under-funded, especially for illiterate teenagers and young adults as a result of low priority for emergency response both by the donors and the government.
Lack of resources and expertise in the region to plan and manage educational intervention in emergencies.
Whilst recruitment of displaced government teachers is highly appropriate strategy it may involve lengthy bureaucratic process requiring no objection certificate because they are eligible for salary from the government payroll and additional pay. Where possible recruitment of government teachers for the schools can be an effective measure of meeting shortage of trained teachers. However, it does require flexible and swift policy adoption by the government.
The effects of education will wither away if the government and international community are unable to allocate funds for continuation of educational services.
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Update 3
Posted by Joint Help Kurdistan
2 months ago
Be part of the movement!
Follow the progress of our three girls,
Orphan Gole, who's father martyred December 2014 while defending Sharfadin. Never had a chance to go to school and now she is doing amazing and learning fast.
Zayton, working hard and selling candy to help her family of 8 siblings and sick father.
Rayde trapped in a school system with no teachers for several months during school year.
Sit back and watch their faces and follow their pens and feel the joy they bring to you all the way from Bajed Kandala.
The Longest Road is not movie anymore but the movement in support of education for thousands children like Gole, Zayton, and Rayda who wants to go back home and plan their future and rebuild their society.
Come on board and support Educational Institute for Yazidi children in Sharfadin, one of the holiest places for Yazidis. A place that was the deadliest place for ISIS, as they did everything in their power to destroy it but never succeeded and they were all killed every time they attacked the temple.
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Education is the key of sustainability!
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Update 2
Posted by Joint Help Kurdistan
14 months ago
"She's Got Her Ticket"
She's got her ticket
I think she gonna use it
I think she going to fly away
No one should try and stop her
Persuade her with their power
She says that her mind is made
But she knows where her ticket takes her
She will find her place in the sun
And she'll fly, fly, fly...
"She's Got Her Ticket"
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Update 1
Posted by Joint Help Kurdistan
17 months ago
Uncle Elyas is looking forward for a school for children to be educated and be able to defend themselves so they would not face an other genocide in the future!

Najwa has not been to school since august 2014, as she and her family took refuge here in the mountain when ISIS came and destroyed their homes.

Delal and her sister went to school when their family was living in the camp in Zakho, but now that they have returned home to Sharfadin together with 10 other families they have not been able to go to school, as it was destroyed by ISIS. They like hundreds of other children here asking for a helping to support their education.

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£1,271 of £100k goal

Raised by 17 people in 20 months
Created August 16, 2015
Adam Bott
1 month ago
Winston Wallace
1 month ago

Act if what you do makes a difference. It does.

Richard Campos
1 month ago

A grate cause that everyone can help.

8 months ago
8 months ago
Winston W Wallace
9 months ago

I feel so bad for the children.

Mehdi Zamiri
9 months ago
Annika Smars
9 months ago
Helge Søndenå
9 months ago
Robert Dobyns
9 months ago
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