SWIC has partnered with St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad to help them expand their kindergarten program in Erbil into a full elementary school for students from age six (kindergarten) through twelve (sixth grade). The expanded school, which will serve about 300 children, is scheduled to open in Fall 2018.
Saint George’s vision is to run a school where Muslim and Christian children, both boys and girls, will be able to grow and learn together. The student population of the expanded school is expected to be 10% Christian and 90% Muslim, both Sunni and Shiite (which is consistent with the demographics in the current kindergarten).
Christian and Muslim families in Erbil lack access to (among many things) basic educational programs. Enormous infrastructure problems are the new realities of human existence in the country and safe, inclusive learning environments are scarce. One safe education option is St. George’s school, but many families lack the funds to enroll their children. We are proud to partner with St. George’s and be able to assist in providing a secure learning environment for these children.