French Archbishop opens a new school in Iraq

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Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the Archbishop of Lyon, opened the Catholic Syriac school of Saint Irenaeus in Ankawa, northern Iraq on June 28, and 2015.Financed by three French charitable foundations and built in just three months. The 18 classroom school, which will take around 850 pupils, is expected to open in September 2015 and to cost around 400,000 Euros.
The aim of the new school is to take the children, who are from Christian families that fled the Islamic State onslaught on Mosul and the surrounding areas during August 2014.
The school will accommodate children of displaced families from Mosul and its surroundings that are living in Ankawa. Most of these children spent the 2013/2014 academic year studying in caravans. The school campus includes IT, lab and medical rooms. The opening ceremony was also attended by the Iraqi Chaldean Catholic prelate Patriarch Louis Sako and many clergies and official dignitaries.