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Making Room for the Future

The Jordan School Project

Jordan, a land of few natural resources and high population growth, sees world-class education reform as its means of attaining future prosperity. However, many Jordan schools struggle with inadequate facilities and overcrowding. Opening a new book in design, we are providing the planning, design and construction oversight for 128 new or rehabilitated schools—enhancing the learning experience, making better use of available space, and increasing overall functionality for students and the community.

 
Jordan’s 128 new or rehabilitated schools will enhance the learning experience, make better use of available space, and increase overall functionality for students and the community. 

Teachers and students will benefit from environments that support group work, student-focused education, early childhood development, and technology—with computers in every classroom and lab—to supplement the newly revised curriculum. Green measures include the harvesting of rain water for onsite irrigation, cooling by natural cross ventilation, energy-saving lighting systems and natural lighting, and solar panels for space heating.

This reform extends outside the classroom, where community stakeholder meetings are giving voice to end users and gathering ideas for innovation. Outdoor learning areas are a part of the new plans, as well as accessibility for people with disabilities and improved acoustics. And, the multi-purpose buildings will be available for public use at the end of the school day. This project demonstrates a dramatic change in communities throughout Jordan, with lessons learned here applied throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America—ensuring that children in all parts of the world have access to quality primary education.

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U.S. Agency for International Development