Students on cold’s seats

تم نشره في Tue 24 February / Feb 2015. 10:55 AM

By Jumana Ghunaimat


Early December, al-Ghad prepared a special file on public schools heating that revealed the suffering that coexists with Jordanian children in school, as a result of their lack of one of their most basic rights, that is an appropriate school environment.

Al-Ghad sought to shed light on the tragic circumstances experienced by the students, as a result of the unacceptable conditions in classrooms in general in various regions of the Kingdom, with the negative effects critical to the students and their families, physically and socially, let alone on the functions the educational process.

The problem spread to different parts of the country; in Amman, as in other provinces, as it includes most of the public schools. The government's response was, at the time, the lack of the necessary financial means to remedy this ailment.

Finally, an initiative came to provide warmth for school students who suffer every winter from the bitter cold, to the point sometimes that force them to be absent from school.

The King launched the initiative, walked the first step to achieve it, directed the government to implement it, and the government started quickly.

Everyone is responsible for the provision of a healthy environment for our students, including the government, private sector, civil society institutions, and unions.

The government and the Ministry of Finance need quickly to review the current year's budget before approving it in its final form, and try to dedicate an item for it in the 2015 budget, at the expense of other items that are less useful.

On the contribution of the private sector, there are different opinions; while some argue that this sector is no longer able to shoulder the burden, and that it has enough pressure, a wide range of the private sector shows positive response to the idea.

What the first team says is true, but not to the point that prevents it from providing assistance to this initiative; its impact does not stop with keeping the children warm, but goes beyond that to achieve important social and psychological impact of reducing the gap between segments of society, and reducing the sense of marginalization.

In numbers, listed companies posted net profit during 2014 that amounted to 1.213 billion dinars, an increase of 16% from that achieved in the year 2013, at 1.045 billion dinars. This is apart from other private companies not listed on the stock exchange.

A small percentage of the net profits, which may not exceed half a percent, can provide for about a million students.

In contrast, there are many private sector companies who were keen on it, but said were confused on how to coordinate with the concerned authorities, especially that nothing was announced from the government in this regard, so far.

The success of the idea needs a government initiative under which it coordinates with the national private sector, who is ready to contribute to the implementation of the mission.

We hope that the initiative will become a reality in the near future; and it is by the participation of all of those who can implement it; it is a service to Jordan as a whole by supporting future generations of our children and youth who we always want to support.



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition