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Project

Tasawi: Women's Digital Literacy and English Program

PAST PROJECT
Countries
  • Iraq
Funder
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
Duration
2012 - 2018

The Tasawi Program is a five-year program that builds the professional skills of 2,500 Iraqi minority women through classroom training in both business English and digital literacy. In training centers based in seven locations throughout Iraq — Basrah, Baghdad, Kirkuk, Ninewa, Dohuk, Sulaymaniyah, and Erbil — these women take part in English and computer training courses coupled with professional development opportunities to improve their employability, as the private sector becomes an increasingly important part of Iraq’s economic future. The program targets Iraq’s minority communities who face barriers to educational and professional opportunities. Courses support the Government of Iraq’s efforts to create conditions for more diverse and broad-based economic growth and income generation by combining intensive English-language instruction with training in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Up to 1,000 program alumni will have the opportunity to take further training in higher-level business software, as well as to serve as mentors to new program participants.

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