Jordan Education Infrastructure

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Jordan Education Infrastructure
Jordan Education Infrastructure
USAID

BACKGROUND

In the past twenty years, Jordan’s population has doubled to more than 11 million people which include nearly 1.6 million public school students. Jordan needs more schools to meet the intense demands related to the COVID-19 pandemic, immigration, inadequate infrastructure, a growing population, and an influx of refugees from the region. When it comes to school construction, safety standards, schedules, and quality standards had not applied uniformly at construction sites. While the Government of Jordan is making great strides in policy reform and strategy development, challenges remain.

PROJECT OVERVIEWS

In partnership with both the Ministry of Public Works & Housing and the Ministry of Education, USAID Jordan’s Education Infrastructure project builds, furnishes, and expands schools, and improves school infrastructure. These services include assessments, feasibility studies, designs, capacity building, operations and maintenance, customer service, and financial support. The objectives of these services are to reduce overcrowding and double-shifts in Ministry schools, provide safe access to students with disabilities, ensure equitable learning environments, and improve the resilience of children and youth in Jordan. USAID supports the following infrastructure activities:

  • Schools for the Knowledge Economy Project (SKEP), is building and furnishing 25 new schools, increasing students’ access to inclusive, environmentally-friendly, and student-centered learning environments. To address limited access to public spaces for extra-curricular activities, nearby communities can access the schools’ multipurpose and meeting rooms, computer labs, and recreational spaces outside of school hours.
  • Jordan School Expansion Project (JSEP), launched in April 2014, expands public schools and improvesaccess to quality basic education. The Project includes 120 school expansions to reduce overcrowding, the construction of 354 kindergarten classrooms, and the addition of 49 sports fields and youth facilities at existing schools. Over the span of the project, more than 180,000 students and over 6,000 teachers will benefit from additional classrooms, rehabilitated bathrooms, and accessible learning spaces.
  • Enhancing School Management and Planning (ESMP) collaborates with the Ministries of Education and Public Works and Housing to improve planning, design, construction, management, and maintenance. By strengthening the capacity of Ministry staff and improving systems, USAID bolsters the Ministry’s ability to ensure all students, including students with disabilities, have access to safe, inclusive schools.
  • The Inclusive Schools Program (ISP), started in 2021, will construct and furnish 30 inclusive, energy-efficient public schools that are adaptive, safe learning environments. In addition to providing inclusive spaces where children with physical disabilities and special needs can learn, the program will also reduce overcrowding in schools and the dependence on double-shifted and rented schools.
  • Furnishing and Equipping USAID Funded Schools and Health facilities (PIO Grant with UNOPS) is a seven-year activity that builds the capacity of the Ministry of Health and MOE by coordinating with government counterparts in the design, inspection, and acceptance processes for all procured furniture and equipment. These furnishings, entirely sourced and supplied by local Jordanian companies, complement the school construction and renovation projects. This activity addresses the needs of at-risk youth, reduces overcrowding, enables students from host communities and Syrian refugees to access improved schools, improves access to high-quality education, and provides safe and healthy learning environments to children.
  • Construction Management Task Order (CMTO) This task order increases companies’ compliance with safety, schedule, and quality standards at all education construction sites.
  • Learning Environment Improved Infrastructure Construction (LEIIP) completed in 2019, LEIIP improved existing school environments in rural and underprivileged areas of Jordan. The project implemented intensive renovations to ensure that schools had the essential functional spaces, complied with accessibility requirements, had improved water, sanitary and hygiene facilities and improved physical appearance. These efforts resulted in 128 more conducive and safer learning environments.

NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS

Since 2014 the above activities combined have:

  • Completed construction on 12 new USAID schools, expanded 102 schools, and renovated 128 schools, including 217 new kindergarten classrooms and four sports and activity facilities. An additional 13 new schools, 18 school expansions, 203 kindergarten classrooms and 45 sports facilities are underway.
  • Developed School Design Guidelines that respond to the needs of the knowledge economy.
  • Furnished and equipped all expanded, renovated and newly-constructed schools.
  • Worked directly with the Ministry of Public Works and Housing through Host-Country Contracts and partners within local engineering and construction companies.
  • Two new Schools for Sign Language (one in Zarqa and one in Aqaba) are models of inclusive education and provide services for preschool children and community members who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • USAID supported the Ministry’s survey of infrastructure conditions and maintenance needs at all 2,821 public schools which helped with 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 that both the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Public Works and Housing use for timely and effective planning.
  • Recently adopted building codes ensure that all new school construction will be in compliance with international requirements. Technical support provided by USAID ensured the building codes focused on accessibility and inclusivity in schools as well as minimum space requirements.

Last updated: June 21, 2022

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