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October 5, 2017

Signing of Grant Agreement with Guinea: Contributing to an improved learning environment for children through the construction of primary and secondary schools

photosigning ceremony

On October 4, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of Guinea in Conakry, the capital city, to provide grant aid of up to 1.913 billion yen for the Project for Construction of Primary and Secondary Schools in Urban Areas Phase II.

The project will construct primary and secondary schools, and provide schoolroom furniture and other furnishings in Conakry, where there is a severe lack of schoolrooms, thereby contributing to improvements in access to primary and secondary schools and in the quality of education in the target region.

Although the gross enrollment rates in primary and secondary schools have risen to 84.5 percent (2015) and 38.0 percent (2014) in Guinea in recent years, further improvements are needed. One cause that may be given for the continuing need for improvements is that the number of primary and secondary schools has not kept pace with the increasing number of enrolling students that has accompanied the population influx in Conakry. The overcrowding of classrooms is particularly severe there due to a rapid increase in the number of enrolling students, with some classrooms having more than double the standard number of students (48) learning in one classroom. Many schools operate lessons in two shifts to compensate for the lack of classrooms, resulting in an inadequate amount of time for lessons.

The project will build approximately 123 more classrooms in nine primary schools and 63 more classrooms in three secondary schools in Conakry, which is expected to allow approximately 8,900 more students to enroll. This will alleviate the overcrowding of classrooms and eliminate the need for lessons in two shifts, which should improve the learning environment. In addition, separate lavatories for boys and girls will be provided, which will make it easier for female students to attend school, and adequate classroom furniture will be provided to improve the educational environment, which is expected to contribute to an improved quality of education.

[Basic project information]
Country Republic of Guinea
Project title The Project for Construction of Primary and Secondary Schools in Urban Areas Phase II
Planned implementation period 39 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period
Executing agency Ministry of Pre-University Education and Literacy
Target region, facilities Conakry
Specific project details (provisional) (1) Facility improvements, equipment procurement
Facilities: New construction of approximately 105 classrooms in eight existing primary schools and 45 classrooms in two existing secondary schools, one new primary school (approximately 18 classrooms) and one new secondary school (approximately 18 classrooms), and an administration building and lavatory facilities at each primary and secondary school
Equipment: Chalkboards, student and teacher desks, storage cabinets and other furnishings at the primary and secondary schools
(2) Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction supervision, (as guidance in managing the facilities) technical guidance for operating and managing the schools and improving sanitation

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