UN Program Improves Schooling Conditions in Affected Regions

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–A new fully rehabilitated school opened in the Bagravan community of the Shirak region on December 8. The school has been fully restored and refurnished under the United Nations Development Program’s support. It will accommodate 220 students from 1st to the 10th grade–and take care of the primary education needs of the community. The new school features new furniture–a gym–several workshops–and a completely revamped heating–water and sewage system. Local companies under the close monitoring of UNDP and local community leaders carried out the $135,000 rehabilitation work. Now the water supply issue has been resolved for the entire community–and the newly installed water pump ensures a 24-hour water supply both for the school and 300 households in Bagravan. This 9th rehabilitated school is part of a large-scale social rehabilitation sub-program implemented by UNDP in Shirak–Tavoush–Lori and Syunik regions. By the end of 2000–a total of 10 schools will be fully restored to their initial capacity to service about 3,000 children in the 4 regions of Armenia that were most affected by the earthquake and military conflict. This sub-program–part of a $2.9 million program on "Integrated Support to Sustainable Human Development," is a complementary effort to poverty reduction–health and social reform–and decentralization endeavors of the Government of Armenia.

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