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German-Jordanian cooperation in basic education.

... AMMAN (Star)--On behalf of the German Government the German Development Bank (KfW) has contributed with three programs summing up to e1/430 million to the construction of schools under ERfKE I. Education is a key element to any country's development. Therefore, Germany supports Jordan's Education Reform for the Knowledge Economy (ERfKE) by contributing to the replacement, rehabilitation and extension of the physical infrastructure for basic education. As stated by Senior Program Officer at KfW German Development Bank in Jordan, Mrs Sawsan Aruri, the three ongoing programs aim at constructing 34 elementary schools with around 620 classrooms. Around one third of the schools constructed with KfW-funding will be located in poor areas of the country. It is expected that the new schools will make a significant improvement in the quality of educational services offered to students. They are being built in line with international design standards including modern ancillary facilities such as laboratories, workshops, multi-purpose hall. Further to the buildings, the schools will be equipped with furniture and other necessary learning tools such as computers and laboratory equipment. The main goal of the programs is to provide a modern school infrastructure to around 21,000 Jordanian students by gradually replacing schools, which are unsuitable for educational purposes, such as rented classrooms or overcrowded schools operated in double shift. Presently, in Jordan still around 16 percent of classes operate in double shift and around 12 percent of classes take place in rented classrooms.The first schools have been established and are ready to be filled with school-life. On December 6, a group of journalists visited some of these schools in Amman, which were built under the first phase of the KfW School Construction Program. The field trip was organised by the German Embassy, together with KfW, and its Jordanian partners in the Ministry of Education.KfW-German Development Bank is the main implementing agency for German Financial Cooperation projects worldwide. KfW started its cooperation with Jordan in the 1960s; e1/4941 million have been committed as grants and soft loans to Jordan since then. Besides the education sector, KfW is now concentrating its efforts on the water sector. A*German-Jordanian cooperation in basic education

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Publication:The Star (Amman, Jordan)
Date:Dec 16, 2006
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