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Some $3.7b earmarked for school building

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Some $3.7b earmarked for school building

TEHRAN – A total of 158 trillion rials (nearly $3. billion at the official rate of 42,000 rials) allocated from the national budget to school construction, Mehrollah Rakhshanimehr, director of the Organization for Development, Renovation, and Equipment has announced.

Last year, school building benefactors have allocated a sum of 33 trillion rials (around $781 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) to construct educational spaces across the country, IRNA reported on Monday.

Brick-by-brick" national plan started early last year (March 2020 – March 2021), aiming to attract public participation for school construction in deprived areas even by buying a brick.

Iran has many school-building benefactors amounting to 650,000 people inside and 1,000 people outside the country.

A total of 36 trillion rials (nearly $857 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) has been allocated to renovate the schools nationwide over the past 8 years, Seyed Mohammad-Ali Afshani, former head of the Organization for Development, Renovation, and Equipping Schools, said.

According to Nasser Ghofli, the director of the School-Building Donors Association, 400 school-building charities have been registered in the country so far.

There are some 107,000 schools nationwide with 530,000 classes, 160,000 of which are dilapidated, not meeting safety standards, accounting for 30 percent of the schools nationwide.

Rakhshanimehr said in August 2020 that some 30 percent of the country’s schools have been constructed by school-building benefactors and there are 450 school-building charities in Iran.

Iran has many school-building benefactors amounting to 650,000 people inside and 1,000 people outside the country.

About 10 percent of charitable schools are built with the participation of charities abroad. This is a valuable asset, which should be promoted.

The Organization for Development, Renovation, and Equipping Schools started operating in the Iranian calendar year 1396 (March 2017-March 2018), which received a budget of 8. 5 trillion rials (about $200 million).


 

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