On July 2nd, 2020 a group from the University of Zakho namely; Dr. Zahid Sami Mohammed the head of Psychology dept., Mr. Ivan Hasan Murad the Director of Language Center, Dr. Hariwan Zikri Ibrahim the head of Mathematics dept./ Faculty of Education, Mr. Khorsheed Mohammed Rasheed the coordinator of the English dept./ Faculty of Humanities, Ms. Kajeen Hussein Karo faculty member of psychology dept., and Mrs. Vaman Ahmed, coordinator of Psychology dept. participated in the online conference. It is worth mentioning that five universities namely: Mosul University, Kufa University, Duhok University, Garmian University, and Zakho University participated in this conference. The conference started with a welcome session presented by prof. Frederike Bartels, a professor at Vechta University. Then, the participating universities presented the current education updates undergoing at each university and the way each university coped with the current situation characterized by the spread of Covid-19. Afterward, each participating university presented a study at the conference. It is worth mentioning that the University of Zakho participated in a study at this conference too. The study was conducted by Dr. Zahid Sami Mohammed the head of the Psychology dept and Ms. Kajeen Hussein Karo faculty member of the psychology dept. The study was presented by Mr. Khorsheed Mohammed Rasheed the coordinator of the English dept. It was entitled ‘The Opinions of Teachers and Administrators towards Integrating Students with Special Needs with Regular Students in Primary Schools in Zakho District’.
It's also worthwhile mentioning that both universities, Oldenburg and Vechta were impressed by the studies presented at the conference and also by the activities our group had conducted to serve our people of special needs and also equip the teaching staff at the primary and kindergarten stages on how to deal with pupils with special needs along with the way they can teach both normal students and those of special needs in the same class.
The conference ended with the remarks of the participating universities and the agenda for the upcoming activities. It is also worthwhile mentioning that the project was extended for one more year by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) funding organization