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World Bank invests over $700,000 in Belarusian school

Society 06.11.2018 | 14:09

MINSK, 6 November (BelTA) – The gym of secondary school No.2 in Malorita, Brest Oblast was reopened after renovation on 6 November, BelTA has learned.

Chairman of the Brest Oblast Council of Deputies Yuri Narkevich, teachers, students and their parents took part in the opening ceremony.

The gym was renovated as part of the Belarusian education system modernization project using a World Bank loan. The project was designed by OAO Polesiezhilstroy. The Lithuanian company Pozeminiai darbai was the general contractor. The work began in March 2018 to end in October 2018. A total of $319,600 was spent. The money was used to renew the building's roof, perform heat insulation of exterior walls, and modernize interior premises such as changing rooms and coach rooms, toilet facilities, a sport gear storage room, and a broom closet. Apart from that, the gym has been fitted with a lift for wheelchair users.

The renovated gym is expected to greatly improve education process in the school. Apart from that, the gym can offer an additional venue for local sport competitions and mass events.

The school used a World Bank loan two years ago to renovate its canteen at the expense of $403,600. The school intends to equip chemistry and biology classrooms with modern tools within the framework of the same project by the end of the year.

The Belarusian education system modernization project is designed to run in 2016-2020. As part of the project work proceeds at two facilities in Brest Oblast. A kitchen is being repaired in secondary school No.1 in Kamenets and a stadium is being modernized in a secondary school in Ruzhany, Pruzhany District. Contracts are being signed for six other facilities. The project covers a total of 34 secondary education institutions in Brest Oblast. The World Bank has lent a total of $10.6 million for reconstruction, capital repairs, and for buying modern school equipment.

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