No More Studying in Rented Storage Rooms

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The original Hatta Basic Co-Educational School suffered from a shortage of classrooms and overcrowding, with about 40 students in each class. The local village council was forced to rent two additional classrooms outside the school premises to accommodate a growing number of students. These rooms were not fit for the purpose of teaching, lacking proper ventilation and lighting. Furthermore, the school only offered education up to the 6th grade. Older students were forced to enroll in schools in neighboring villages. With no local school options beyond 6th grade, some female students dropped out altogether.

The PCID Team renovated the existing school building and constructed two additional floors. The school can now accommodate up to 260 students, and features a new pre-school, five additional classrooms, computer and science labs, a library, handicap-accessible facilities, a playground, and solar panels to make the school more energy efficient. The MoEHE approved a plan to gradually add two more grades, enabling students to continue their studies locally up to the eighth grade. This allows girls to continue their studies instead of dropping out.

Watch the transformation of Hatta Co-Educational Basic School, as narrated by one of its students, Odeh.

To learn more about this project and others like it, visit Anera’s Palestinian Community Infrastructure Development Program (PCID) website.

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