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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...

April 25, 2019

A worrying development on this past visit was the significant sense of frustration with the Aid Agencies and the d

ifficulty of translating their pledges into reality on the ground. USAID and UNDP were seen as being genuinely helpful. However, the huge increase in fundi...

April 14, 2019

One of the privileges of staying overnight in Al Qosh, thanks to the hospitality of the amazing Fr Aram, the parish priest of Batnaya, was seeing how much rebuilding has happened after ISIS. The church is taking the lead in organising the redevelopment not only of the...

April 13, 2019

There is evidence for a school attached to the church of Mar Michel since the sixth century; one of the oldest known Christian schools in the world. However, it has of late fallen out of use and been replaced by three state schools around the town. However, thanks to t...

April 12, 2019

Mar Qardakh is a new school we have been asked to engage with. We met the Headmistress in October, but this time we are here with a purpose - to prepare for the Professional Development Summer School that we will be running in July for the MQS teachers. MQS is the dioc...

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