Education and Schools in Iraq

Due to the volatile security situation in Iraq, expats rarely bring their children into the country. In fact, many companies now have policies against it. Expats will either leave their families at home to continue their schooling or send their children to boarding school in a neighbouring country with a more stable education system.

Most wealthy Iraqis have now moved overseas and choose to educate their children abroad.


Schooling in Iraq

Schooling is compulsory for children between the ages 6 and 12. As a result of the country’s struggles, it has been very difficult to provide Iraqi children with a decent standard of education.

Schools in Iraq are poorly resourced and buildings are in desperate need of repair. Attendance rates are low and children drop out of school due to safety concerns and the need to support their families.


International schools in Iraq

Before the outbreak of war in Iraq, there were a number of international schools. However, with a significantly smaller expat population in Iraq, the majority of these schools have now closed. The handful that remain offer foreign curricula including that of the UK and the US, as well as the International Baccalaureate.

Although a few international schools can be found, the region's instability makes it ill-advised for expat children to attend school in Iraq. It's best that they either remain in their home country to continue schooling or opt for a boarding school in a neighbouring country.