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July 13, 2020

This last weekend we hosted a Zoom call with some of the 27 UK volunteer teachers helping us deliver the 2020 Summer Training Course online. This is fantastic. 

Due to this increase in participation we are able to offer mentoring in individual subjects and year group sp...

April 13, 2020

COVID 19 is changing the way we need to operate. Last year for the Education Summer Training Programme we took 5 teachers to Ankawa to run a three week training course. This will not be possible this year. However, we have a plan to offer support and training anyway -...

January 12, 2020

Following the success of our training programme in 2019 we are returning in July 2020, and need volunteers. 

We are looking for primary and secondary teachers, from teachers in management roles and none. If you have EAL or IB skills, then that is a bonus but not necessa...

October 25, 2019

At the end of the Summer Training Course, we promised that we would return to assess how what we had learned had embedded in the teaching of MQS. As a result, three teachers travelled to Ankawa in the final week of October to conduct a full inspection of the school, as...

October 23, 2019

MQS Concert with Joanna Marie Skillett

Ankawa Foundation were delighted to bring together the talents of the Mar Qardakh School Choir and Joanna Maria Skillett, a leading British soprano, for a concert celebrating the achievements of the school in Ankawa this week....

September 23, 2019

On behalf of Mar Qadakh School we are recruiting an English as an Additional Language Teacher. Interested? Email our Director, Elliot Grainger elliot@barfieldgrainger.com with a CV and covering letter. 

Job Description

The EAL teacher has overall responsibility for impro...

July 26, 2019

Our final official engagement is a tour of the new hospital opposite the cathedral and the attached embryonic medical school (which used to be, alarmingly, a funeral home).

The hospital is still closed. Denkar tells us confidently that they have reached a deal with Sie...

July 25, 2019

We are proud to have delivered the first Ankawa Education Conference at the Catholic University in Erbil (CUE) with the participants of our summer Training Programme. 

Our Director, Elliot Grainger opened the conference, and Sally Boya gave a lovely speech thanking ever...

July 19, 2019

End of week two. We are now powering along with pedagogical improvements. However, today we say good bye to two of our UK teachers, Ewan and Trish.

A group photo is of course mandatory; here we are with some of our participants from the course. Who are themselves teache...

July 7, 2019

We have arrived int Erbil for the start of the three week Teacher Training Programme. 

July in Iraq is hot and dusty, and that is exactly what we have found. With teachers joining us from Shrewsbury School and Highgate School, we are ready to get started. Tomorrow we wi...

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