Help for Iraqi Schools

April 23, 2003 1 min read

These U.S.-based private firms or nonprofit organizations will participate in federally financed efforts for the reconstruction of Iraq’s school system:

Creative Associates International Inc., started in 1977, won a one-year, $62 million contract for “Revitalization of Iraqi Schools and Stabilization of Education” awarded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Location: Washington
President and CEO: Charito Kruvant
Revenue: $50 million in 2002
Employees: More than 200


The American Islamic Congress, a nonprofit organization founded by American Muslims after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, aims to counteract Muslim extremism by promoting tolerance and social justice in the United States. Will help assess the conditions of schools and later train teachers in Iraq.

Location: Cambridge, Mass.
Executive Director: Zainab Al-Suwaij, a native of Iraq
Revenue: Not available
Employees: 3

American Manufacturers Export Group, founded in 1983, will purchase educational materials and deliver them to Iraqi schools.

Location: Katy, Texas
President and CEO: Sandra Tribble
Revenue: Not available
Employees: 15

American University will send a team of education specialists to lead an initial assessment of schools and train Iraqis to do the work.

Location: Washington
Team Leader: Carole A. O’Leary, a professor of international relations

The Iraq Foundation is a nonprofit organization set up by Iraqi expatriates in 1991 to promote democracy and respect for human rights in Iraq. Will help assess conditions of schools and later train teachers in Iraq.

Location: Washington
Executive Director: Rend Rahim Francke, a native of Iraq
Revenue: $1 million in 2001
Employees: 25

RTI International (formerly the Research Triangle Institute), a nonprofit research organization established in 1959, will work with the Iraqi Ministry of Education to establish and implement a national education policy.

Location: Research Triangle Park, N.C.
President and CEO: Victoria F. Haynes
Revenue: $286 million in 2002
Employees: 2,100 worldwide