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Bringing internet to a high school in rural Kurdistan for the first time

By: Caroline Passey
March 11, 2015

As a company we are committed to CSR and we believe in helping however we can the communities in which we work. We are always looking for new project ideas and our latest project supports a high school in the town of Qalat Dizah in Kurdistan.

As a company we are committed to CSR and we believe in helping however we can the communities in which we work. We are always looking for new project ideas and our latest project supports a high school in the town of Qalat Dizah in Kurdistan.

With over 1200 students attending the school teaching is split into shifts of 600 students in the morning and 600 students in the afternoon. Our project adds a new computer room and broadband to the school. We commenced construction in December and when ready in February it will be furnished with 21 computers, supporting equipment, teacher training and importantly broadband internet connection. This is the first time internet or computers will be accessible within the school.  There is internet available in the area but it is expensive and so used mainly by bigger businesses.

Qalat Dizah has 140,000 inhabitants in the Kurdistan Regional Government region in Iraqi Kurdistan, north of Sulaymaniyah, near the Iranian border. Qaladiza means "Castle of Two Rivers" from the Kurdish words Qala= castle, dw= two and ze= river. It is surrounded by mountains like many parts of Kurdistan. The town is located in a middle of "Peshdar". The whole town was devastated during the Iraq and Iran War and all residents were relocated to Bazian and other parts of Iraqi Kurdistan. The people of Qalaze stayed there until the Kurdish uprising against Saddam Hussein's regime in 1991 when they returned to their land where the town has continued to expand, this project will greatly improve the learning opportunities for the local children and improve their employment prospects with new IT skills.