APPG delegations have met the British Council on several occasions over the last 14 years in Erbil. The BC is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities and builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education, and the English language. There have been reports that 20 BC outposts could be cut and the following parliamentary exchange outlines its work in the Kurdistan Region.
Thanks to Lord Austin of Dudley for asking Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make a statement on the activities of the British Council in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park responded: “The British Council maintains an office in Erbil and all of the British Council’s cultural relations activities in Iraq extend to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). This includes programmes in arts and culture, education and English. The British Council runs a free digital library service across Iraq, including KRI, and paid education services in online English teaching and face-to-face English language assessment at centres in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah.”