School Construction Projects Gain from the Expertise of Female Engineers

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Bassima Shehan contributes to the success of USAID’s school construction projects.
USAID/Jordan

USAID, in partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Public Works and Housing (MPWH) and the Ministry of Education (MOE), have constructed school projects under their SKEP and JSEP programs all over Jordan since 2006.  Eng. Bassima Shehan is the Head of the Division of Internationally Financed Projects at the MPWH.  She shares some of her thoughts and experiences from working on the SKEP and JSEP programs.

“I have worked at the MPWH since 2009, and started working on the USAID-funded school projects in 2014 as a Projects Engineer.   I am now the Head of the Division of Internationally-Financed Projects.  My experience has developed considerably during my work on the USAID funded JSEP and SKEP school projects, especially, in the Construction and Contracts Management of internationally-funded projects. 

The COVID-19 Pandemic has been one of the biggest challenges we faced.  My team had to keep up-to-date on the progress of work and work around obstacles when Engineers couldn’t go to the field due to the Civil Defense Orders restrictions.  Fortunately, we managed to get through this challenge and continue our projects successfully.

Serving our Country and people in this way makes me feel very proud.  Seeing the joy of the children, students and teachers as they enter the school for the first time is a very satisfying experience.  The new schools, kindergartens and sport facilities are equivalent or even better in quality and the facilities that they offer than many of the private sector schools in Jordan.  The USAID-funded SKEP and JSEP schools are distributed throughout all of Jordan including the refugees-hosting areas to provide equal access to education.” Says Eng. Bassima Shehan

Last updated: May 27, 2022

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