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SV Student teachers listen (2 shots)
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SV Mr Taeh Abdul Karim speaks and audience applauds (2 shots)
SV Graduates receive prizes
SV Teacher teaches group of students and students writing
SV Group of students using welding equipment and other machinery at Thawra school (5 shots)
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Background: About three-million of Iraq's nine-million people are currently estimated to be illiterate. But if a new government campaign is successful in its aims, illiteracy will be completely eliminated from the country during the next 15 years.
The Ministry of Education has set up over 2160 schools teaching over 117,040 students. Tuition in reading and writing is only part of their function. Courses in such professional skills as carpentry, weaving and building are also taught.
This film, from the Iraq Broadcasting and Television Establishment, covers part of the anti-illiteracy campaign currently mounted by a few of the 400 schools in Baghdad. There's also a prize giving for graduates who will be leading the fight against illiteracy.
SYNOPSIS: In Baghdad earlier this month, a special anti-illiteracy course opened with the object of training teachers in the latest methods of instruction. The course wasn't limited to Iraqi teachers. Kuwait, Jordan and Syria also sent representatives. But this type of course is especially appropriate to Iraq at the present time, since the country is mounting a determined campaign to eliminate illiteracy. It's estimated that three-million of the country's nine-million inhabitants are unable to read or write. A fifteen-year deadline has ben set to eliminate illiteracy.
Initiative rewarded at a prize giving for student graduates. Mr Tash Abdul Karim, a Regional Command member of the Ba'ath Area Socialist Party, is there to encourage the graduates to play their part in fighting illiteracy and to make the presentation of prizes.
Since the July revolution of 1968, the Iraqi authorities say they have increased the number of school in the country to over twenty-one hundred. Nearly five-hundred of them are in Baghdad -- like this school in the Thawra quarter of the city. In its campaign against illiteracy, the Ministry of education has called on the help of Trade Unions, the Agricultural Society, the Women's Union and student's organizations. As a result, a total of over a hundred-and-seventeen-thousand people are now enrolled at anti-illiteracy classes throughout the country.
But schools like the Thawra centre don't limit their activities to tuition in reading and writing. They also run courses in such professional skills as welding, carpentry and building techniques. International organisation like the Arab League and UNESCO are backing Iraq's new education programme.