ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – Germany donated approximately $4.8 million in financial aid to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Education, the Ministry’s press office announced on Tuesday.
Most of the aid will be distributed to teachers in the different province of the Kurdistan Region.
According to the Ministry, the funding would be allocated to 20,166 teachers, including 7,269 from Duhok, 7,042 from Erbil, and 5,855 from Sulaimani Province.
Out of the $4.8 million, Duhok will receive the largest share with $1.8 million, $1.6 million for Erbil, and $1.4 million for Sulaimani. All of the aid will be distributed once in March and April.
The Region is currently passing through a critical financial crisis since 2014.
According to the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani, the crisis began due to several factors.
The former PM of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki blockaded Kurdistan’s federal budget share at the beginning of 2014, accusing the KRG of selling oil independently.
The international fall of oil prices had an enormous impact on the Kurdistan Region since the KRG heavily relies on oil revenue.
Moreover, in mid-2014, the Islamic State (IS) emerged in northern Iraq and attacked the Kurdistan Region.
Since then, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces have been at war with the insurgent group.
Following the emergence of IS in Iraq and Syria, over 1.8 million refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) fled to Kurdistan.
The sudden influx of displaced people caused a huge burden on the KRG and people of the Region.
Most of the refugees and IDPs settled in Duhok where the KRG provides shelter and basic needs for them on a daily basis.
The KRG has repeatedly called on the international community to help it overcome the financial crisis as the flow of IDPs from Mosul to the Kurdish areas continues.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany