Baghdad has finished 40% of a project that is building 30 schools at a cost of $26 million, an official told Zawya.
Baghdad Council has approved establishing 30 state-owned schools to be finished by 2013, Mohamed Al Rabi'e, a member of the council, said. The schools will be built in Al Ma'amil, Al Husseiniya, Abu Ghraib and other districts.
Iraqi schools, like most of the social infrastructure of the country, have facilities that are worn out and unfit for children. According to a report by the Iraqi education ministry, the country needs 6,000 schools and the ministry disclosed last year its plan to build 699 schools across all provinces.
When asked about the importance of the project, Dr. Saady Farid, an economist and head of department at the Supreme Audit in Iraq, said building schools is the top need in Iraq, as students suffer from dilapidated schools. The project may contribute to reviving education, if implemented properly, he said, and called for more investment in these key sectors that ensure the progress of Iraq.