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U.S. Embassy Visits Renovated School

March 5, 2014

SANA’A -- United States Charge d’Affaires Karen Sasahara, together with Yemen’s Vice Minister of Education Dr. Abdullah Al-Hamid and Mayor of Sana’a Abdul Khader Hilal, visited the Al-Jeel Al Jadeed School in Sana’a on Tuesday.  The Al-Jeel Al Jadeed School has been renovated with the assistance of the U.S. government and now showcases sustainable approaches to education in Yemen.

 The Al-Jeel Al Jadeed School, located in the capital’s Bani Al-Harith district, underwent renovations completed through the U.S. Government’s Agency for International Development (USAID).  This is one of over a hundred sixty school rehabilitation initiatives implemented by the Community Livelihoods Project (CLP) in partnership with the Ministry of Education in the last two years.  

 Renovations at the Al-Jeel Al Jadeed School included the major rehabilitation of 20 classrooms, the construction of nine latrines, and the installation of water harvesting and solar power systems. To ensure sustainability, CLP provided training on solar power system maintenance and school furniture repair for the school’s maintenance committee, which includes members of the school’s staff as well as parents of the students.

 With the renovations, the Al-Jeel Al-Jadeed School is also now one of four school demonstration sites for green technologies such as solar power systems and efficient water irrigation systems that include rooftop water harvesting for school gardens. The solar power system successfully powers the school’s computer laboratory and sound system, while the water harvesting system also supplies water to the school latrines – demonstrating the viability and sustainability of alternative sources of energy to the community.

 Al-Jeel Al-Jadeed is one of 1,092 basic education schools throughout Yemen that use the Yemen Early Grade Reading Approach (YEGRA) I Read – I Learn in grades 1-3.  Under YEGRA, first grade students have improved their reading capabilities from zero to 21 words per minute.  “We are glad to see that there are over one thousand basic education schools which are implementing YEGRA and more than 252,000 students benefiting from YEGRA,” said U.S. Charge d’Affaires Sasahara.

 USAID’s education strategy, implemented in partnership with the Yemeni government, supports early grade reading and access - especially for girls - throughout Yemen.