Enhancing School Management and Planning

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ENHANCING SCHOOL MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING
ENHANCING SCHOOL MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING
USAID

BACKGROUND

In the past twenty years, Jordan’s population has doubled to approximately 11 million people. With nearly 1.6 million students enrolled in public school, the Ministry of Education projects that attendance will increase by more than 100,000 students. Compounded by the socioeconomic pressures of COVID-19, the Ministry of Education grapples with providing equitable access to quality schools across Jordan. To meet the demand for school infrastructure, the Ministry of Education works with the Ministry of Public Works and Housing to plan, design, construct, handover, and maintain schools. However, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing lacks the systems and resources to timely and effectively construct, supervise, and handover schools. USAID is committed to supporting the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Public Works and Housing to improve school infrastructure planning, design, construction, and maintenance.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

USAID’s Enhancing School Management and Planning (ESMP) activity collaborates with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Public Works and Housing to improve planning, design, construction, management, and maintenance of schools throughout Jordan. Through strengthening the capacity of Ministry staff and improving systems, USAID bolsters the Ministry of Education’s ability to ensure all students, including students with disabilities, have access to safe and inclusive schools. The Enhancing School Management and Planning Activity works with all levels of staff at the central Ministries, Field Directorates, schools, and private engineering and architecture companies, and coordinates with the Ministry of Finance, Civil Service Bureau, and other relevant entities.

NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS 

  •  USAID supported the Ministry of Public Works and Housing to create an online system, called the School Design Review Module, to improve planning of school construction projects. The Module allows Ministry staff to communicate more effectively with design firms and to streamline processes that were once paper-based, slow, and inefficient. As a result, engineers can edit drawings, communicate directly with architectural and engineering firms and the Ministry of Education in real time. The Module increases efficiency by tracking progress, and automatically identifies delays and bottlenecks in the school design and building process.
     
  • USAID supported the Ministry of Education to collect data at all 2,821 public schools in Jordan to identify infrastructure conditions and maintenance needs, through the first-ever comprehensive School Physical Assessment Survey of Jordan’s public schools. The assessment captured 200 items per school, including disability access, fire safety, student capacity, school toilets, and electrical wiring. As a result, the Ministry of Education has up-to-date and accurate data to inform school and field directorate budget plans. Over 160,000 photographs were captured and stored to add valuable visual data to the findings. The School Physical Assessment Survey informed critical Ministry decisions on school repairs and re-openings in response to COVID-19.
     
  • USAID completed a newly-developed Geographic Information System (GIS) that tracks school construction data in real time and displays it on three dynamic dashboards. The system combines data from the Ministry of Public Works and Housing and Ministry of Education on student demographics and facility requirements. Raw data from the system is shared with both Ministries in real time and produces reports to inform timely and effective planning.
     
  • USAID supported the Ministry of Public Works and Housing and Ministry of Education to draft a SchooL Building Code to ensure that all school construction is in compliance with international requirements for school buildings. USAID’s focus when drafting the building codes are accessibility and inclusivity in schools as well as minimum space requirements per student.

Last updated: June 16, 2022

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