Lanka seeks Arabic teachers from Iraq
Dharma Sri Abeyratne
Sri Lanka and Iraq are exploring ways of obtaining assistance of
volunteer teachers from Iraq to teach Arabic in Sri Lankan schools,
getting Iraqi assistance for curricular amendment and obtaining
co-operation for the country's examination procedure.
This was discussed during a meeting between Education Minister
Bandula Gunawardena and Iraqi ambassador to Sri Lanka Kahtan Taha Khalaf
at the Education Ministry on Wednesday.
The discussion also focused on carrying out bilateral agreements at
the Seventh Session of the Joint Committee on Economic and Technical
Co-operation signed between Sri Lanka and Iraq.
The two parties also drew special attention on the proposals at the
seventh session related to education.
The two sides also agreed to carry out exchanging knowledge in
teacher training methods, sports and aesthetic subjects.
Education tours between the two countries will also be organised to
obtain first hand experience in addressing and mitigate education
related issues. The 1975 Trade Agreement between Sri Lanka and Iraq
provides for a Joint Committee on Economic and Technical Co-operation
and its first session was held in Colombo in March 1979.
The seventh session of the Sri Lanka - Iraq Joint Committee for
Economic and Technical Cooperation held in Colombo from October 21 to
22, 2010, concluded successfully with the establishment of Committees to
study various areas of cooperation.
At the seventh session, three Committees were set up to study three
separate fields as trade and financial cooperation, economic cooperation
and scientific, cultural and technical cooperation.