Ministry of Public Works, USAID sign 14 construction contracts

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) on Thursday signed 14 agreements to renew, expand and build government schools in the Kingdom through 11 Jordanian companies.

The contracts, valued at more than $67 million, are a part of the Jordanian government’s partnership with the USAID to build 25 new schools, expand 120 existing ones, and build 300 kindergarten classrooms, in a bid to improve access to basic quality education.

During the ceremony, Minister of Public Works and Housing, Yahia Kasabi, said the signing of these agreements comes in wake of the doubling of Jordan’s population in the last ten years, where children of school age mount to about 40% of the Kingdom’s total population, which hit ten million people.

“While primary school enrollment is comprehensive, rapid population growth is a burden on existing infrastructure. Thus, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing is working closely with the USAID to build and renovate schools in underprovided areas in a sufficient manner to reduce overcrowding in classrooms, to alleviate the impact of refugee influxes, and to improve the learning environment,” Kasabi said.

Kasabi expressed his appreciation to the USAID for the support and assistance it is providing to the Kingdom, stressing the importance of the educational sector’s buildings through the construction of schools, as well as expansion and maintenance plans to reach the appropriate educational environment.

For her part, the USAID Acting Mission Director, Nancy Eslick, said the agency is pleased to be working in partnership with the Jordanian government to provide students with a safe and modern learning environment, and added: “We are working in partnership with the Ministry of Education to improve children’s maths and reading skills, as well as offering professional development opportunities for teachers to help children realize their full potential. “

Source: Jordan News Agency