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The Lost Years

Iraqi Students in Jordan

Five years ago, a U.S.-led coalition of troops invaded Iraq. Jordan and Syria have borne the weight of the exodus of more than 2 million Iraqis from their homeland. Only 3,000 Iraqis fleeing from the war have been resettled in the United States. Education Week looks at the impact of a new policy in Jordan to open its public schools to Iraqi children regardless of their legal status in the country. Many of those refugees missed as many as four years of school. And many are still out of school despite the new policy. • For more information about education in Jordan, read Mary Ann Zehr’s 2005 article “Deliberate Course.”

Student Well-Being The Lost Years
War, displacement, and lack of money have prevented Iraqi children from going to school for lengthy stretches of time. They have more opportunities now, but little help in catching up.
Mary Ann Zehr & Yasmine Mousa, March 4, 2008
12 min read
Equity & Diversity ‘Culture of Fear’ Afflicts Iraqi Education System
No one seems to have reliable information about how widespread violent incidents are, making it difficult to know the overall status of schooling in Iraq.
Mary Ann Zehr, March 4, 2008
3 min read
Equity & Diversity Back in School, Iraqi Teen Lacks Motivation to Study
Many Iraqi students who were forced to leave their homeland, especially those who have missed a lot of school, seem to have lost interest in education.
Yasmine Mousa & Mary Ann Zehr, February 14, 2008
4 min read
Equity & Diversity Iraqi Family Found Education Deteriorating
The quality of education in Iraq's schools has continued to decline following the war in Iraq.
Mary Ann Zehr & Yasmine Mousa, February 11, 2008
3 min read
Equity & Diversity Leaving Violence Behind, 5th Grader Returns to School
The violence and displacement has disrupted the education of thousands of those children, many of whom are just getting back to the classroom.
Mary Ann Zehr & Yasmine Mousa, February 6, 2008
4 min read
Reyam Saddam, 13, originally from Baghdad, missed two years of school after her family fled from the war.
Reyam Saddam, 13, originally from Baghdad, missed two years of school after her family fled from the war.
Mary Ann Zehr/Education Week
Equity & Diversity Jordan Opens Schools to Iraqis, But Not All Come
Many Iraqi parents haven’t enrolled their children in Jordanian schools because they soon expect to be resettled in another country.
Mary Ann Zehr, February 5, 2008
4 min read