Five New State-of-the-Art Schools Open for Classes in Jordan
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Five new schools have been opened to children in Jordan this month,and at least three more will open for students by the end of this year. International Relief and Development (IRD) built the schools in northern and central Jordan as part of theUSAID-funded Jordan School Construction and Rehabilitation Program.The program is
meant to build a total of 28 new schools and renovate 100 additional schools over severalyears.The state-of-the-art, multi-story schools, built by IRD with Jordanian subcontractors, meetinternationally recognized standards for classroom and laboratory spaces. All schoolfacilities are fully accessible to the disabled, with kindergarten classrooms, playgrounds,athletic fields, science and chemistry labs, libraries, and computer facilities. Schools willprovide early childhood and special needs education, previously extremely limited,particularly in poor and remote areas. Many of the students who are attending and willattend the new schools have been taking classes in rented facilities, and many older schoolshave been forced to operate double-shifts during the school day in order to meet thegrowing needs of their communities.The new schools include:
Al Mashare Basic Girls School, North Ghour. Potential enrollment: 842.
Hettien Basic Co. Girls School, Ajloon-Ein Jannah. Potential enrollment: 734.
Hay Al Hussein Secondary Girls School, Al Mafraq. Potential enrollment: 972.
Irhaba Basic Co. Girls School, Irbid. Potential enrollment: 770.
Al Qabesy Secondary Co. Girls School, Al-Salt. Potential enrollment: 914.
Um As Summaq Secondary Co. Girls School, Amman. Potential enrollment: 914.
Al-Jofeh Secondary Boys School, Shouneh Janoubiah. Potential enrollment: 864.
Al Bnayat Secondary Boys School, Naour. Potential enrollment: 1008.In addition to providing state-of-the art facilities for students, the new schools are designedto provide space for community activities and meetings. These include meetings organizedby the IRD-implemented Community Mobilization Project,which teaches parents and
others to organize to help maintain and advocate for their community school. This functionis especially important in remote areas, where women in particular can be uncomfortable inpublic roles. The Community Mobilization Project has already provided avenues for manyJordanian women to assert their needs and those of their communities in public venues.
“The eight new Jordanian schools will provide greatly expanded opportunities for students,
and their entire communities,” said Rula Katkhuda, IRD Operations Manager.“Parents will have a sense of ownership, and the facilities will provide
space for projects to
mobilize and benefit entire communities.”
Katkhuda obtained her
Degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Iowa. She has worked for international organizations since 1996, including in the WestBank city of Ramallah and throughout Jordan. On the Jordan School Construction andRehabilitation Program, Katkhuda leads a team of 25 engineers, 6 of whom are women.--more--