Project commences to establish schools for disadvantaged students in Irbid, Mafraq and Zarqa


Published: 2019-07-08 10:26

Last Updated: 2019-07-08 11:15

During the ceremony
During the ceremony

The Ministry of Education and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) broke ground on Sunday, July 7, 2019, on the "Establishment of Three New Schools for Disadvantaged Students in Jordan" project at an Al Bayadhah Secondary School for Girls site in Irbid, according to the Jordan Times.

The ceremony was held with the attendance of Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education, Walid Maani, South Korean Ambassador to Jordan Lee Jae-wan, in addition to the governor of Irbid, according to a statement issued by KOICA.

The project consists of establishing three new schools in Irbid, Mafraq, and Zarqa to support kindergarten, basic and secondary education at a cost of $11.1 million, the statement read, adding that 2,700 students are expected to enroll in the three schools.

The project will also provide new furniture and equipment, and training programs to build the capacity of teachers and principals.

During the ceremony, Maani expressed his gratitude for Korea’s efforts to support education in Jordan through various projects over the years. "I am now overwhelmed, imagining the students in these schools receiving the needed intellectual, psychological, social and physical care," he said.

"Jordan is one of the leading countries in education in the Middle East. Recently, the government has adopted the "National Resources Development Strategy 2016-2025" to set education as the nation's main agenda," the Korean ambassador added in the statement.

The ceremony was concluded with a symbolic ribbon cutting and digging ceremonies performed by both the ambassador and the minister, alongside Country Director of KOICA Jordan Office Kim Hyo-jin, and Secretary General of the Ministry of Education, Sami Salaita.