Ed­u­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment plan to be set by 2019

Min­is­ter signs univer­sity city fa­cil­i­ties’ con­tract

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The plan to de­velop ed­u­ca­tion in Kuwait will con­tinue un­til 2019, ex­e­cuted by spe­cial­ized na­tional staff from the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, the min­istry’s Un­der­sec­re­tary Haitham Al-Athari an­nounced yes­ter­day.

The level of ed­u­ca­tion in Kuwait did not live up to the min­istry’s views, nor the big amounts of money spent on it, Athari said dur­ing a work­shop or­ga­nized in co­op­er­a­tion with the World Bank and heads of the pro­gram on de­vel­op­ing ed­u­ca­tion.

Mean­while, the work­shop was fol­lowed by a vis­ual pre­sen­ta­tion on the steps of the plan, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ing the skills of prin­ci­pals and teach­ers of el­e­men­tary schools, de­signed to cre­ate more qual­i­fied school books.

Univer­sity City

In other news, Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Bader Ha­mad Al-Essa yes­ter­day signed the con­tract of the aca­demic sup­port­ing build­ings of the Sabah Al-Salem Univer­sity City. The con­tract will see co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Kuwait Univer­sity Con­struc­tion Pro­gram (KUCP) and a Chi­nese com­pany, with costs of KD 139 mil­lion.

It in­cludes 13 build­ings and will be com­pleted in three years’ time, the min­is­ter said af­ter the sign­ing cer­e­mony. The Univer­sity City will be opened by 2019. Re­fer­ring to a fire that erupted in a base­ment in­side the project two days ear­lier, the min­is­ter said it was just a small one that would not af­fect the sched­ule of the project.

Sup­port build­ings

En­gi­neer As­rar Al-Na­j­jar, gen­eral su­per­vi­sor of the project, said that the part of­fered is the first of the sup­port build­ings that con­sti­tute the back­bone of the col­leges in­side the cam­pus. She added that the to­tal area of the project is 213,000 square me­ters, with to­tal costs of 139.7 mil­lion. The project will be im­ple­mented by the China State Con­struc­tion Engi­neer­ing Cor­po­ra­tion Ltd China Con­struc­tion, in co­op­er­a­tion with Al-Kharafi Na­tional as a lo­cal agent, she pointed out.

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by the Chi­nese am­bas­sador in Kuwait Wang Di, di­rec­tor of the Sa­bal Al-Salem Univer­sity City Con­struc­tion Pro­gram Dr Quteiba Al-Mar­zouqi, and the Chi­nese com­pany re­gional di­rec­tor in the Mid­dle East Yu Tao.

Lib­er­a­tion Day

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s Sec­tor for Ed­u­ca­tional De­vel­op­ment and Ac­tiv­i­ties, in co­or­di­na­tion with the US Em­bassy, con­cluded a se­ries of cel­e­bra­tions mark­ing Kuwait’s 25 Lib­er­a­tion Day at Subaya bin Harith School. The school’s prin­ci­ple

An artist’s ren­di­tion the project.

Layla Akbar ex­pressed her pride in Kuwaitis who had sac­ri­ficed their lives to free their coun­try.

She also lauded coali­tion forces’ which helped, un­der the UN um­brella and in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, in bring­ing the le­git­i­macy and free­dom of this coun­try back to its right­ful peo­ple. Mean­while, the US Am­bas­sador’s wife Cather­ine Sil­li­man ex­pressed her ap­pre­ci­a­tion to be part of this cel­e­bra­tion, stress­ing the strong ties be­tween Kuwait and the US. —KUNA


KUWAIT: Of­fi­cials in­clud­ing Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dr Bader Al-Essa (sec­ond from left), Kuwait Univer­sity’s Rec­tor Dr Hus­sein Al-An­sari, (fourth from left), Chi­nese am­bas­sador in Kuwait Wang Di (fifth from left) are pic­tured dur­ing the con­tract sign­ing cer­e­mony.

One of the planned aca­demic sup­port­ing build­ings at the Sabah Al-Salem Univer­sity City.

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