The Erbil Polytechnic University is delighted to announce that one of its academic staff, Dr. Dashne A. Sedeeq, lecturer at the International Marketing and Languages Department at the EPU, in collaboration with researchers from De Montfort University (DMU), has been awarded a Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) to realise education’s promise for children refugees from Syria. The project will assess the education provision and learning environments in the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KR-I)

The GCRF Networking Grants Scheme aims to build capacity through research collaborations between a group of researchers in the UK and a group of co-partners, including professors and academics from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I). This collaboration aims to develop high-quality inter-disciplinary and innovative applications to address global challenges faced by Syrian refugees in the field of learning and education inside the refugees’ camps in KR-I.

The EPU will provide input into the project and development workshop. This work will be done in collaboration with Dr. Suha Omer and her colleagues from DMU, who will strengthen research capacities, exchange knowledge, and develop the team’s understanding of the challenges that children and families face in the learning process. The input from this workshop will facilitate the development of the project research instruments.

The kick-off meeting of the project was held on 24th June 2021. This meeting focused on research and collaboration networking, project partners, aims and objectives, and proposed plan. During the meeting, the next plan of action was outlined, which includes website development, visibility of the project, and partners’ contribution to the project. It is planned that a workshop will be held in September 2021 to exchange ideas and discuss the plan of action to conduct the fieldwork in the camps and outside. It is also expected that this project will end in summer 2022.