>> This bus is helping educate children in Iraq, one journey at a time. The Bus of Hope is a bright and colorful classroom on wheels. It's stopping for around eight months at an abandoned army base in Baghdad suburbs with a mission to educate school drop outs. In the aftermath of war against Islamic State and other militant groups, a local organization sought to change the lives of Iraqi kids.
Children of primary school age are taught to read, write and do math, and offered psychological support. But teacher Sarah Sala says these children are not just out of education, they also carry the burden of providing for their families.>> These children are the breadwinners of their families, so the families wouldn't let the kids come on a regular basis.
Their attendance is irregular. A child, for example, would come at ten o'clock because he has to go to work first, and then comes to the bus, and I can't stop him. On the contrary, I would encourage him to come and attend classes.>> Iraq's Ministry of Education says poverty is the main reason children drop out of school there.
The United Nations estimates more than 2 million children in the country are out of school and 3 million have had their education disrupted by conflict. It says getting these children learning again will help end a cycle of sectarian violence fueled in part by ignorance and poverty.