DIGITAL NINEVEH

 

 

 

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THE STORY

In June 2014, ISIS troops rolled into Mosul, advanced to the Nineveh Plain and began its genocidal campaign against the local religious minorities. ISIS forced Christian women and girls into slavery and destroyed their homes, schools, and thousand-year old churches. With Saddam Hussein’s fall in 2003, the attacks from Al-Qaeda and, most recently, the ISIS takeover, the indigenous Christian population of Iraq of 1.5 million diminished to just 250,000 in less than 13 years. Iraqi Christians (Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs), who are indigenous to the land, have now been displaced worldwide as refugees. Those who remain in Iraq, primarily concentrated in the Nineveh Plain, are fighting daily to regain control of their lives and maintain their ancient cultural heritage in the region.

Education is one of the greatest needs of Christians who are still living in Iraq today. Due to financial constraints, Christian students are deprived of appropriate educational resources and technology such as computers. The Philos Project’s advocacy campaign, Digital Nineveh, seeks to raise $25,000 USD to provide much needed computer labs for Christian schools in northern Iraq. It is the campaign’s objective to not only support these students who had to endure tremendous hardship, but also to promote change and pave the path for a brighter future.

“Listening to a witness, makes you a witness.” Elie Wiesel

Hear from Philos Fellow

Juliana Taimoorazay

With no computers in the school, students are forced to learn "theory" from a textbook.

 

In the photo to the left, the computer textbook teaches different computer shortcuts. The students have to memorize these as they are unable to practice on a real computer. 

 

 Instead of housing computers, the desks are being used for classroom storage. 

 

Students and educators give insight into how they are learning to use computers and express how the addition of computers will greatly impact and aid education. 

 

THE SCHOOLS

Akad Basic School

  1. Location: Duhok
  2. 215 students
  3. Existing computers: 0

Bahra Basic School

  1. Location: Semele District
  2. 128 students
  3. Existing Computers: 1

Shlama Basic School

  1. Location: Bersive Village
  2. 220 students
  3. Existing Computers: 2

Bakhitme School

  1. Location: Bakhitme Village
  2. 62 students
  3. Existing computers: 1

Zakhoota High School

  1. Location: Bersive Village
  2. 45 Students
  3. Existing Computers: 2

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