11 June 2013
Exciting news is coming out of UNRWA’s Baqaa Preparatory Girls’ School in Jordan, where visitors will immediately notice a new facility that is providing a better learning environment to the 2,450 students and teachers there.
With a generous donation from the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency, a new “Swiss Wing” has been added to the school, fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for facilitating student-centred learning. It includes a music room, a learning resource centre, computer lab, science lab, career guidance and counseling room, additional classrooms and latrine units.
Students at the school previously faced overcrowded classrooms, a shortage of computers, decrepit desks and a lack of other facilities. With the construction of the new wing, things have taken a dramatic change for the better.
Principal Hiyam Jaber expressed her enthusiasm with the new wing saying: “With the new multi-purpose wing, the teaching and learning will be much easier and will improve the students’ performance. We will also be able to organize a number of interactive activities to showcase student creativity.”
“I cannot express my happiness with this new facility. It is a turning point for the school because it will ease the teaching process, this improving our achievement”, ninth-grader Jinan Mahmoud Arrawi said.
The euphoria does not stop with the students and the teachers, as many community members expressed their enthusiasm with the project.
Commenting on the schools work with the community, Baqaa Prepatory Girls’ School No. 2 Principal Amal Mukbel said: “The new premises will help in developing the education programme and enhancing communication with the local community because the Women’s Programme Centres and surrounding schools will also be able to benefit from the facilities. It will also be open to receive the guests”,