Palestinian Authority and USAID Inaugurate the Newly Constructed Elementary Boys’ School in Beit Kahil

Beit Kahil, West Bank – On Wednesday, December 17, the Palestinian Authority, the United States Agency for International Development, and its implementing partner Global Communities celebrated the inauguration of the newly constructed Beit Kahil Elementary Boys’ School. Beit Kahil is located in the Hebron Governorate, six kilometers northwest of Hebron city. The event was attended by Mr. Kamel Humaid, Governor of Hebron; Mr. Mohammed Jabareen, Deputy Assistant at the Ministry of Local Government; Mr. Mohammed Abu Zaid, Deputy Minister of Education and Higher Education; Head of the Village Council Mr. Isma’el Atawneh; USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission Director Dave Harden; and representatives from the Beit Kahil Village Council.

USAID invested more than $800,000 to construct the Beit Kahil Elementary Boys’ School, benefiting more than 220 students who now have access to an enhanced and safer learning environment. The school construction project generated 5,878 days of employment, 56 temporary jobs and 11 permanent jobs. In addition, the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem contributed books to the school’s library. The books include popular works of American fiction and non-fiction, translated into Arabic, on an array of topics including science, geography, biographies, history, and folk tales.

Since the year 2000, USAID has built 3,000 classrooms and renovated an equal number. As a result of such activities, 200,000 Palestinian children attend school in a classroom either built or renovated by USAID. USAID not only invests in improving the physical conditions of schools and classrooms that aim to improve the learning environment, it also works with the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education through programs that improve teaching methodologies, introduce contemporary approaches to teaching and learning strategies, and expand the impact of early childhood programming.

“The Ministry of Education and Higher Education highly appreciates and commends the sustainable support of USAID’s generous efforts to improve school infrastructure in the West Bank. The Beit Kahil Elementary Boys’ School is provides a safe learning environment and increases the enrollment rate that guarantees a better access to education,” said Mr. Mohammed Abu Zaid, Deputy Minister of Education and Higher Education.

“USAID is extremely proud to work in partnership with Palestinian ministries and the Hebron Governorate to provide a better learning environment for students all across the West Bank,” said Mr. Dave Harden.

Global Communities Country Director Lana Abu Hijleh highlighted that Global Communities, funded by USAID, has worked with local governments during the past four years to build and rehabilitate 25 schools across the West Bank. “Today we are investing funds in buildings, but that investment is actually an investment in our children, our future leaders,” said Ms. Lana Abu Hijleh.

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.

For more information on U.S. assistance, please contact the USAID Press Office at wbgpro@usaid.gov or call 03-511-4845.

For more information on the Beit Kahil Elementary Boys’ School, please contact info@globalcommunities.ps.