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Proof Positivity: CHF To Improve Kosovo Schools

Newly independent Kosovo has a burgeoning population – the percentage of the population that is school-age is twice that of any other south European country.
Kosovo’s infrastructure has suffered from neglect and poor maintenance. It has also experienced a recent increase in migration from rural to urban areas. This has led Kosovo’s schools to experience overcrowding. Schools have three or four shifts a day because of the over crowding. The schools are also in desperate need of repair.

USAID is providing The CHF International Response with $5 million in funding to undertake the Small Infrastructure for Education in Kosovo (SIEK) – a substantial program of school repairs and improvements running until 2011. CHF will work with the Kosovo Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) and municipal governments to help reduce school shifts from three or four to a maximum of two. Leveraging local funding and using local labor, the impacts projected are:
— $1 million injected into the local economy — 44,790 students benefiting from 94 completed projects — 15,240 days of employment generated — 17, 250 additional classroom hours per day

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