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For Immediate Release
February 17, 2004

33,000 Iraqi Teachers Trained
Iraq Fact of the Day

One of the most important ways Iraq is investing in the future is by restoring its education system. This weekend, 11,000 secondary school teachers graduated from a teacher training program designed to help them learn about modern classroom methods. This was the last group of 33,000 secondary school teachers in all 18 of Iraq's governorates to participate in one-week training programs under Iraqi master trainers. Under Saddam Hussein, classrooms were an opportunity to indoctrinate students with pro-Ba'athist propaganda, and teacher training programs like these will help new generations learn in depoliticized environments.

Source: Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad.

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