Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Iraqi Women & Education

From Middle East Online:
About 20 Iraqi women, all dressed in traditional black abayas, were gathered in Baghdad repeating a sentence from a primary schoolbook.

"They are illiterate but had the courage to come here and learn," Alaa al-Mayali, the project director, explained proudly.

The educational project, partly financed by the United States, has 20 such centres in Iraq's capital.

"They learn to read, write and count," Mayali said.

An unusual feature of the six-month-old programme is that the women are paid four dollars each lesson they attend.

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