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UNICEF supplies 200 new temporary school buildings to Aceh

Just in time for new school year, 40,000 children to be served

BANDA ACEH, INDONESIA, 26 May 2005 - UNICEF is building two hundred temporary primary schools in the areas of Aceh worst affected by the tsunami.  The buildings would cost $US 2.3 million, or about $11,500 each and were designed to be used while permanent classrooms were being constructed.

UNICEF will spend an additional $90 million to repair or rebuild 500 permanent primary schools over the next three years years.

The aim is to have many of the temporary schools completed by the start of the new Indonesian school year on July 18. All will be completed in 72 days.

“Tent classrooms have been a good temporary solution,” said UNICEF’s Representative in Indonesia, Gianfranco Rotigliano. "But with all the children of Banda Aceh have been through, they will feel much more comfortable in these school buildings and they will have a better learning experience."

UNICEF has contracted the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to carry out the construction. The temporary school design is a simple adaptation of the locally manufactured RISHA II transitional housing model that IOM is using to build 11,000 transitional homes in Aceh province.

Rotigliano said the schools were designed to withstand earthquakes and would be built from materials made in Aceh, providing employment for the residents.

Each building contains three classrooms which will allow the Education Department to run six classes in shifts during the day for about 40,000 children. The children's agency will also supply classroom equipment and text books to the schools which will replace the tent schools put up immediately after the tsunami.

Once the permanent schools are built and operating over the next two years, the temporary schools will be handed over to the community where the can be used as libraries, community centres or child centres.

To date UNICEF has supplied enough school gear, text books, recreation equipment for nearly half a million children throughout Aceh. More than 70 per cent of children returned to school after the tsunami.

UNICEF’s Representative in Indonesia thanked donors for their contributions which meant getting the first children back to school a month after the tsunami.


Total tsunami affected students in Aceh:  358,469:

  • 38,644 or 11% of all students are missing or dead
  • 1,551 or 27% of all schools are reported as damaged or destroyed 
  •  2,237 or 13% of all teachers/staff are missing or dead

For further information, please contacts:

John Budd +62 811 936437 or Lely Djuhari +62 811 802338 




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