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UNICEF and Nokia Partner to Rebuild Schools in Iraq
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UNICEF and Nokia Partner to Rebuild Schools in Iraq
It’s the first day of school at Ash Shrook primary in southern Iraq and students are enjoying the novelty of bright, new facilities that are clean and well maintained. This is one of eight schools that have been fully rehabilitated by UNICEF with funds donated by Nokia.
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Find out more about UNICEF and Nokia's work in Iraqi schools.

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It’s the first day of school at Ash Shrook primary in southern Iraq and students are enjoying the novelty of bright, new facilities that are clean and well maintained. This is one of eight schools that have been fully rehabilitated by UNICEF with funds donated by Nokia. Students and teachers are delighted with their refurbished building which has toilets, running water and a place to wash.
ZIAD MOHAMMED [4th Grade Student]
The school was broken and dirty, but they cleaned, painted and decorated it. Now there's water for drinking, cleaning, everything. Our school is much better.
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Teachers say the new environment will boost children’s academic performances and their state of mind.
NAWAL ALI [History Teacher]
I am certain that this renovation will reflect positively on children’s psychological condition and therefore their school performance. Attendance and enrolment will also increase. In the past, the school was rundown by years of negligence and lack of basic amenities. Now we can notice a big change and relief among children.
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Students and teachers at the Al Basra primary school in Wasit are also enjoying classrooms that are in stark contrast to their old school. These children are benefiting from a million dollar initiative to rebuild schools in the poorest areas of Iraq. After years of conflict and neglect, many schools are in a critical condition. UNICEF and Nokia are striving to make sure that children are provided a safe space to receive a quality education.