Would the private sector shoulder the burden with the Kin

تم نشره في Mon 23 February / Feb 2015. 10:08 AM

By Fahed Khitan

 

Privileged students in private schools may not feel the value and meaning of the King's initiative, implementing the central heating system for public schools. The people of our generation who graduated from public schools realize the value of the initiative and what it means for hundreds of thousands of students deprived of their most basic rights.

Imagine the conditions of a child in elementary school, sitting for five or six hours on a cold wooden bench in the room that resembles a refrigerator. After one or two classes, you no longer feel your limbs that have frozen from the cold and you do not have the strength anymore to hold your pen and write a single word. As days and weeks go by, the young begin suffering from inflammatory "frost bites", and various respiratory diseases. What educational process is there in such circumstances; the teacher and students endure to finish a class and leave this hell!

This is not part of the past, unfortunately, but it is also our present. In the twenty first century, most students in government schools still, especially in poor and remote areas, living in the same conditions that we have lived more than thirty years.

The Ministry of Education, during the past years, tried to create partial solutions to the problem, and distributed hundreds of heaters to schools, but they were not enough, and often there was no fuel to run them.

This experience has shown that there is no solution to the problem but the adoption of a central heating system. However, this option run up a wall when the operating costs to provide fuel were calculated.

The developments in energy technology open the door for alternative sources, the most important of which are solar energy. For this, the King asked his aides in the Royal Court to study the options for the use of renewable energy sources, particularly solar energy.

Jordan has taken many steps towards the development of renewable energy sources; several companies have invested in it and became able to produce energy from the sun. This alternative has become available to the general public in their homes, and can be supplied to schools.

The King did not only launch the initiative, and identified it implementation options, but also took the initiative to donate the cost of installation of central heating systems to fifty school at his own expense, in the coldest areas in the Kingdom.

The project is expensive, and will be implemented in stages. It is not fair to ask the official authorities to incur the costs on its own. The private sector should shoulder the burden with the state, which is capable of that. Suffice it if banks, telecommunications, and mining companies allocate one percent of their revenues to implement the project in hundreds of public schools. Private schools can also offer something in this area to public schools; allocating a small percentage of their profit for two years, for example, to the project.

 

The project is an example of ideas that can contribute practically to narrow the social gap, and the differences in education levels between private and public schools. It is a critical issue to improve the educational process.

After the martyrdom of pilot Muath Kasasbeh, the elites asked questions about how to bank on national solidarity and its dedication as a way of life. Here you go, gentlemen, here is the opportunity in front of you; through these initiatives we feel that we are one family.

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This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition

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