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Child marriage is the main cause of girls dropout of schools in Kurdistan. In spite of the propaganda in the media to promote child marriage, in most cases child marriage in Kurdistan failed because the bride is very young. In view of the bride family, the cause of child marriage is to protects the girl from the community chaos, and how difficult to control the girls in current times where Kurdistan is now open for all cultures and undergo to uncertain societal transformations, as parents stated.


All social and psychological studies considers that when the family  pushing the girl toward uncertain future with no consideration of differences in age, economic and culture this means that the marriage, in most cases, will soon or later not succeed.


The religious teachings are the main motivator to child marriage. Even though, child marriage was not common during the previous regime, because of the restrict rules against child marriage and due to the economic stability before the international economic blockade in Iraq. But according to the Holy Quran and its interpretations, any form of marriage should base on legal contract which aimed to make a strong family if the couple have an enough experience in life. Marriage in Islam is to build a family and achieve security and stillness for the human so the couple supposed to be qualified to achieve this goal, while this goal is not achieved in child marriage, according to Dr. Majid Hussein, Islamic Scholar.


The educational psychologist, Mr. Yosof Othman indicated that the key causes for child marriage in Kurdistan are:

a)      Families distrusts their girls, because of the new technology that make the communications easier than before.

b)      Families distrusts the community around, and they afraid from the spinsterhood. At the same time, families try to be away from the relative’s marriage.

c)      The accelerated spread of child marriage among schoolgirls is due to the talk of the married girl to her peers about the joy and interesting times she has with her husband. These conversations encourage unmarried girls to think seriously to be married.


According to Mr. Othman, all the social and psychological studies considers the child marriage as a failed marriage because the main reason for it is the need for joy and sexual, so the child marriage lake of the most important base of marriage which is the ability to make strong family because of:

a)      The couple knowledge and experiences do not enough to make strong family.

b)      Inability of the couple to raise up the child which born from this marriage.

c)      From the medical side, the sexual organs of the child have not yet been completed, so she is exposing of many diseases.


Dr Basheer khalil, a prominent activist in Kurdistan and the Chairman of the Committee of Religious Endowments in the Parliament, declared that marriage contract is included in the Civil Affairs Law in Iraq after it has been modified, which allows child marriage in the age of 16 years with an approval from a pedant. Dr Basheer khalil sees that the child marriage in Islamic societies is widespread, because sexual relations in western societies open without religious and tradition restrictions, that is why parents moving toward child marriage in Islamic societies, such as Kurdistan.


Dr Basher haddad encourages the journalists for a proper dissemination of information and news about child marriage, especially for the teenagers because it’s the most dangerous age. The most important roles that the media can play in this field is to decrease the means of excitement among youth, even with words or pictures, so we can maintain the purity and prevent the diseases that threaten our societies.


It highly recommended conducting a qualitative study on child marriages in the governorates of Kurdistan as part of support to the Ministry of Education and other concerned ministries in Kurdistan in its campaign against child marriage.


By: Dina Zeidan (Ms.)

Education and Rehabilitation Specialist

SRD Center, Amman - Jordan

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19–21 November 2013, Beirut, Lebanon

In response to the call of the Third Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Congress to collect and disseminate evidence-based policies and practices, the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for TVET, Bonn, and UNESCO Regional Bureau, Beirut, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Lebanon (General Directorate for Vocational and Technical Education, GDVTE, and Center for Educational Research and Development, CERD), organized a three-day Regional Expert Meeting (Beirut, 19–21 November 2013) as a platform for networking and dialogue involving regional UNEVOC centres, TVET institutions, and other relevant stakeholders.

The goal of the Expert Meeting was to facilitate panels of experts for discussion and exchange of experiences by mapping contemporary issues and showcasing skills development strategies, evidence-based approaches, and innovative practices in the areas of youth, employment, and skills for business entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship education (EPE) and the use of information and communication technology (ICT); and regional/international cooperation and coordination on TVET merging issues and priorities (in other words, greening TVET).

The Final Report has been compiled by SRD Jordan (Dr Qasem Newashi), Dr Sulieman Sulieman, and Ms Lisa Freiburg.

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Thursday, 17 October 2013 23:04

Educating Syrian Refugee Children in Jordan


1. Title of the Project: Educating Syrian Refugee Children in Jordan


2. Location and duration of the project:


Location: Irbid Governorate, North of Jordan

Duration: 6 months


3. Project Abstract:


This proposal responds to the immediate needs of Syrian refugee children (SRC) in Jordan while building long-term capacity of Jordan Ministry of Education through the provision of a remedial education and psychosocial support for SRC to ensure that children can learn and play with their peers promoting peace building and integration with their peers.


 SRD Center proposes a comprehensive project to address obstacles to SRC in high refugee areas in two selected schools in Jordan, as well as the out-of-school refugee children in the corresponding neighborhoods, with three tiers of assistance: 1) provision of remedial classes for 60 refugee and host-community children, in order to promote retention and grade-level performance; 2) provision of an Accelerated Learning Programs (ALP) to enable 40 out-of-school Syrian children in these areas to return to formal schooling; and 3) provision of educational resources, and community outreach to facilitate access and enrollment of out-of-school children, and to accommodate children with learning difficulties and special needs.


Teachers and school administrators will be trained to build their capacity to lead remedial and ALP, as well as to better address the special needs of SRC. With a strong background in education programming worldwide, experience with refugees in the region, SRD Center is well placed to successfully carry out this project to enable more SRC to access education and improve their future opportunities and wellbeing.


* If you are interested in this proposal, please contact Mr. Khalid Sewiti, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Thursday, 17 October 2013 22:04

Closed Projects (2008 - 2012)

Project Title: Provision of School Curriculum in the Anti-Corruption Programme/Professional Service Contract

Donor: UNDP

Year: 2012


Project Title: Real-Time Evaluation of the UNHCR Shelter Response in Iraq

Donor: UNHCR

Year: 2010


Project Title: Evaluation of UNFPA Project (Y-PEER: Strengthening and Expanding Capacity for Delivery of High Quality Peer Education Systems in Arab States, Eastern Europe and Central Asia) and Implementing Regional Strategic Action Framework for Empowering Women and HIV/AIDS Prevention in the Arab States)

Donor: UNFPA

Year: 2009


Project Title: Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion in the Small and Medium Enterprise Sector in Iraq/Data Collection for Independent Evaluation

Donor: UNIDO

Year: 2009


Project Title: Support for the Job Creation and Self Employment through Promotion of Micro-industries in Anbar Governorate in Iraq/Data Collection for Independent Evaluation

Donor: UNIDO

Year: 2009


Project Title: Evaluation of 5 FAO Projects in Iraq, Field survey, Data Collection Training Workshop

Donor: UNFAO

Year: 2008


Project Title: Education for Sustainable Future


Year: 2008

Thursday, 05 January 2017 00:00

Land and Loan for Women


Land and Loan for Women

Yesterday a woman of my relatives passed away. In the evening, I visited their family who lives in north Jordan, but I did not find her brothers at the house. When I asked where they are, I discovered that they did not talk to her since years ago because she claimed her rights in the heritage.

Women’s inability to access their rights to land and inheritance in Arab countries is one area that puts women at heightened risk, perpetuates and deepens their poverty and often leads to a downward spiral of lost economic opportunities, reduced security, higher dependence on male relatives and an increase in the number of orphans. Many women in Arab countries are still experience a general pattern of discrimination in accessing and securing these rights because of norms and traditions that reinforce gender inequalities. On the contrary, it is easily to observe that women who own property or a business have higher incomes, a secure place to live, and greater bargaining power within their household, which lower rates of domestic violence. Owning land can help women improve economic security.

I believe we should not only advocate for women’s’ land right, but also for getting a housing grant or loan to build a house on that land. Well design and implementation of this proposal may lead to increase the construction activities in the area and improve the living conditions of women and their families.

Qasem Newashi

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