Infrastructure

Construction and remodeling of facilities and systems necessary for schools and communities to grow and excel.

The Challenge

Public education in developing countries has revealed that poor infrastructural conditions inhibit the ability to provide quality education. Schools may lack basic infrastructure standards such as adequate classrooms, recreational spaces, safe rooms to safeguard equipment, libraries and other important spaces for academic and social development. This type of educational environment not only affects teachers’ working conditions, but also negatively influences educational outcomes and access to basic education.

Inadequacy of learning spaces is a latent factor for out of school children in rural areas where the school suffers from overcrowded classrooms. This problem presents an enrollment capacity issue, by which many students may be turned away from school due to its physical capacity, pedagogic challenges and organizational issues. 

The Opportunity

Improving school infrastructure and creating adequate classroom space will allow students and teachers a learning space more conducive to learning. This needed construction and remodeling of educative facilities will improve many of the challenges faced by school staff.  Additionally, adequate space will allow schools to accommodate all students, cut class sizes and heighten educational standards.  No child would be denied a basic education.

Creating multipurpose rooms will facilitate a space appropriate for different social and academic performances, in addition to  parent meetings and educational seminars. This type of space provides a valuable venue where the whole community can exchange information, hold cultural gatherings, presentations, and many other activities that could not be heldin the past.

Quicks Facts

  • Children in rural areas sometimes walk 2 to 3 hours to attend school because there are no school buildings near where they live.
  • Improving infrastructure for students in urban schools with inadequate facilities could raise the average reading score to 525 points from 506. The average math score could rise to 524 from 497. For rural students, the average score for reading could increase to 487 from 465 and for math to 497 from 480. 20 additional points represent a quarter of the gap between insufficient and appropriate learning levels.
  • In Latin America, one in five schools do not have drinking water, and two in five are not connected to sewage systems. Just over half have no telephone, and a third have insufficient number of toilets. One in 10 schools has no electricity at all. The gap in basic services is even larger: virtually all private urban schools have access to drinking water, electricity and telephone service, while only 65% of rural schools have drinking water, 80% electricity and 17% telephone.

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