UNESCO and the Education Minister of Iraq launched the Iraqi Educational TV Channel, IRAQI EDU. The channel is a response to the difficult security conditions in the country that keeps many children away from school and it will provide support to students through distance learning. A measure taken to strengthen an endangered educational system, the $6.5 million project, financed by the European Union as part of their overall support for the Sector in Iraq, is being implemented by UNESCO in cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Education. The channel will broadcast 24 hours a day (on NILESAT at 10775 Hz) with educational episodes based on the Iraqi school curricula. The project is designed particularly for primary and secondary school students both within and outside of Iraq. It is mainly a response to security risks that result in a high rate of absenteeism and the closing of schools.
The new television channel allows teachers and pupils to follow the school curriculum through distance learning tools. With messages promoting values such as peace and tolerance included in the programming, it will also contribute to the peace-building and reconciliation process in the country.