COUNTRIES: Iraq
DURATION: 09/15/2015 - 08/15/2019
FUNDER: U.S. Embassy in Baghdad
CONTACTbrandi.roach@worldlearning.org

Program Description

The Basrah Employability and Entrepreneurship Program in Basrah, Iraq is a seven-month program which provides 30 undergraduate students with training, mentorship, and networking opportunities, which develop their leadership, job-readiness, and entrepreneurship skills.

Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the program pairs small groups of students with a local mentor who guides them through a customized curriculum focused on exploring career pathways, improving workforce readiness, and accessing professional networks. Through monthly curriculum modules and meetings, an online community, and staff support, students gain skills and confidence that they can leverage upon graduation in the real world.

Program Goals

Enable undergraduate students in Basrah to:

  • Gain self-awareness of their personal attributes and skills;
  • Build leadership and job-readiness skills;
  • Demonstrate knowledge on entrepreneurship; and
  • Develop relationships with professional leaders in their community.