German bank, ministry discuss cooperation on school projects

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AMMAN — Minister of Public Works and Housing and Minister of Transport Ahmad Maher Abul Samen discussed with Director of the German Development Bank (KfW) Office in Jordan Mark Schwiete enhancing cooperation between the two sides, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

In their meeting on Monday, both also discussed developments related to the establishment of KfW-funded schools.

Abul Samen expressed appreciation for KfW’s support of educational projects in Jordan, and said he was “looking forward to further cooperation in the future”, which would contribute to supporting Jordan as it hosts Syrian refugees and establishing schools in all governorates to accommodate the increasing number of students.

“School projects aim to improve the educational process and reduce overcrowding,” Abul Samen said.

He stressed that all projects are carried out in accordance with the highest international engineering standards, and the designs for the new schools aim to reduce operational costs via energy-saving systems, and reduce energy consumption in line with global trends.

The meeting highlighted the progress of the German bank-funded school projects.

Abul Samen and Schwiete also discussed key developments related to the agreement that was signed between the two parties for the establishment of the schools, 20-25 in number, in all Jordan governorates under a KfW-financed loan.

The school projects include both new schools and ancillary facilities. A KfW grant will also support management work and provide technical support.

Abul Samen instructed ministry stakeholders to implement the project according to the determined schedule and to cooperate with KfW representatives and consultants to address any obstacles, in coordination with the Ministry of Education.

The studies and designs for 18 schools have been completed, he said, and work is underway to prepare the remaining studies. The consulting offices that will design and supervise works are qualified to provide engineering services, and the architectural ideas submitted by these offices are currently being evaluated competitively, as part of the technical offers submitted by the companies.

The ministry is also developing a comprehensive plan for the maintenance of the schools after they open, which is considered a top priority, he said.

The bank will provide technical support for the school projects after they are completed and handed over to the government, conducting necessary evaluations for one year after the projects are completed, as well as continuous sustainability checks.

According to the agreement, the Ministry of Education is responsible for maintaining the schools after they have been handed over.

For his part, Schwiete expressed appreciation for Abul Samen’s cooperation, highlighting works carried out by KfW in the region and mentioning certain objectives of the project. He also pointed to support previously provided by the German bank, and commended the ongoing partnership between the Jordanian Government and KfW.

As the meeting came to a close, an agreement was signed to provide technical support to the ministry and engineers during the implementation of the projects through a grant from the bank, with the aim of raising the efficiency of engineers and workers.

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