Rwanga Foundation conserves the Oldest School in Erbil
Built in 1939, Nishtiman Primary School is the 3rd oldest school in Erbil. Also, named earlier as “Third Erbil” and changed to “Al-Khaldyya” in the 60’s, currently familiar as Nishtiman since 1980’s is one of the ancient schools in Erbil that educated many generations.
Rwanga Foundation with a vision of supporting the ancient educational institutes initiated the purpose of protecting and taking care by renewing Nishtiman Primary School in Khanaqa, Erbil. As per the Erbil’s Education Department request Rwanga finalized the project and handed over to The Directorate of Education, Erbil on April 04, 2016 thus, ensuring the continuity of the ancient school.
Amongst the invited Dignitaries, Mr. Hamadamin Nawprdany, Head of Education Department of Erbil said: “As we all know, inspite of the current financial crisis and pressure in Kurdistan, renewing and protecting the school was not an easy task. We would like to thank Rwanga Foundation for taking this responsibility in preserving the ancient school building for future generations”.
Nishtiman Primary School was facing tough times to continue in the facility as it was in a very bad shape thus demotivating both the Teachers and students. It reached a point that they were deciding on leaving the building. But, Rwanga Foundation’s initiative through International Funds in renovating the building gave a ray of hope to all the Teachers and students.
Mr. Sabah Rajab, the Head Teacher of Nishtiman Primary School added: “This renewal was a perfect help in time for us, as our school was becoming difficult for the students to continue studying further”.
Also, Bukhary a student of class 5 said: “Renewing our school was very important to us. Now, along with this beautiful school, we now have many materials that we can use in our classes and continue loving our lessons.”
Overall, it was observed that the students and Teachers were very excited, walked with pride and a big smile on their face.