Decentralized Project Evaluation Replacing Rented Schools at Zohour_2023

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

UNRWA's education programme aims to improve educational outcomes by replacing overcrowded and infrastructurally substandard rented school buildings with purpose-built schools. The Jordan Field Office, through a project funded by the United States Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), built a new school in the Zohour area to replace two neighboring rented school buildings housing two elementary and two preparatory schools on a double-shift system. The school construction project aimed to address the educational, safety and security concerns of Zohour Palestine refugee students and reduce operational costs associated with rented schools. The evaluation aimed to gauge the project's achievements, challenges, lessons learned, scrutinizing UNRWA's approach to coordination, engagement with end-users, the surrounding community, donors and Jordan representatives. The evaluation also reviewed the Agency's approach to project management, school maintenance, and the influence of the new school on the teaching and learning environment. The evaluation took place between May 2023 and September 2023, with representatives of primary stakeholder groups actively involved in the preparation, implementation, and reporting stages.

Zohour school building at the time of inauguration © 2021 UNRWA JFO Photo