The Ministry of Education, USAID and Anera Inaugurate a Boys’ School in Jalqamous
October 10, 2016 | On Thursday, October 6, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and its implementing partner Anera inaugurated a state-of-the-art, greener boys’ school in the village of Jalqamous. The ceremony was attended by Minister of Education Sabri Saidam, Jenin Deputy Governor Kamal Abu Al Rub, Head of Jalqamous Village Council Mohammad Al-Qarim, USAID/West Bank and Gaza Acting Mission Director Jonathan Kamin.
USAID invested nearly $970,000 to construct and furnish a new, two-story building for the Jalqamous Secondary Boys’ School. This includes five new classrooms, a faculty room, a library, computer and science labs, handicap-accessible bathroom facilities, outdoor recreational area, and boundary walls to enhance security. The school is also equipped with solar panels to make it more energy efficient. The school now has an enrollment of 218 students from Jalqamous and neighboring villages.
Creating nearly 370 short term jobs for Palestinian workers, this intervention was completed under the Palestinian Community Infrastructure Development (PCID) Program – funded by USAID and implemented by Anera. The Program aims to increase Palestinians’ access to water and sanitation as well as other small and medium scale community infrastructure needs in the health, democracy and governance, and education sectors in the West Bank and Gaza.
Since 2000, USAID has built or renovated more than 4,400 classrooms. As a result, 200,000 students now study in improved learning environments. The U.S. Government, through USAID, is the leading provider of bilateral development assistance to the Palestinians, having provided more than $4.6 billion since 1994 for programs in the areas of democracy and governance; education; health and humanitarian assistance; private enterprise; and water resources and infrastructure.
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Since 1968, Anera has been a leading provider of development, health, education, and employment programs to vulnerable communities and impoverished families throughout the Middle East. Anera reaches the regions most vulnerable people with health, education and economic development programs and provides humanitarian and emergency relief in times of crisis. In 2016, the relief and development agency delivered over $57 million in programs to people in Lebanon and Palestine.