Jordan School Expansion Project (JSEP)

Background

US Ambassador Alice G. Wells and H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Al Nsoor unveil the plaque commemorating the groundbreaking fo
US Ambassador Alice G. Wells and H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Al Nsoor unveil the plaque commemorating the groundbreaking for 20 fast-track school expansions.

Despite the very high enrollment rates and the availability of access to schools across the Kingdom, the quality of education in Jordan remains uneven. Recent reports indicate increased numbers of overcrowded, double-shifted and rented schools. The situation in these schools has worsened in the last three years due to the influx of Syrian refugees and inceased pressure on the public basic education system. Poor learning evironments, in part caused by inadequate physical infrastructure, compromise the quality of education in Jordan. USAID provides support to Jordan to address these challenges through multiple school infrastructure programs. One major project is the Jordan School Expansion Project (JSEP).

Project Overview

The project’s primary objective is to increase students’ access to improved school environment and to provide youth with facilities for sports and other activities. Other objectives are to:Launched in April 2014, JSEP is a five-year, $100 million project that aims to improve quality and access to basic education across Jordan and provide safe and improved learning environments for youth. By the end of 2018, JSEP will rehabilitate and expand up to 120 existing public schools, 20 of which are “fast-track” schools. Fast-track projects are the first wave of construction under JSEP and aim to quickly respond to and alleviate the pressures of rising populations due to the increase in Syrian refugees. The project will also construct 300 kindergarten classrooms and 50 sports fields/facilities for youth in the same timeframe. This project will be implemented through multiple awards to architecture-engineering firms, construction contractors and suppliers.

Upon completion, JSEP will construct 300 new kindergarten classrooms, like the kindergarten classroom pictured above in the USAI
Upon completion, JSEP will construct 300 new kindergarten classrooms, like the kindergarten classroom pictured above in the USAID-built school, Aisha Al Baouniah Primary School.
  • Reduce overcrowding in existing classrooms
  • Reduce double-shifted schools, which limit the sustainability of school infrastructure and inhibit the educational environment
  • Provide the capacity to respond to a growing population and increased enrollment rates in basic education
  • Improve the quality, functions and layout of existing schools to strengthen the relationship of students with their place of learning and increase performance
  • Increase access to public kindergartens
  • Provide better opportunities for youth and encourage teamwork, creative thinking and involvement in community work by establishing facilities for sports and other activities in targeted areas

Activities

The phases for activities in JSEP include school and site selection, planning and design, and construction. The following table represents the distribution of completed construction activities over the coming four years:

Activity

2015

2016

2017

2018

Total

Fast-track school expansions

20

0

0

0

20

School expansions

0

20

50

30

100

Kindergarten classrooms

0

80

100

120

300

Sports and activity facilities

0

0

10

40

50

Upon completion, the 20 fast-track expansions alone will receive a combined 148 classrooms, 12 computer labs, 16 science labs –
Upon completion, the 20 fast-track expansions alone will receive a combined 148 classrooms, 12 computer labs, 16 science labs – like the USAID-built lab pictured above – and 16 teacher rooms, and will benefit over 15,500 students and 650 teachers.

Last updated: January 21, 2016

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