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More UNICEF standard-setting schools open in Indonesia's Aceh

UNICEF stresses importance of schools’ ‘child-friendly’ qualities

SRI LANKA, 18 December 2006 — Five more permanent schools funded by UNICEF have been completed in Indonesia's Aceh.

All five of the new schools are located along Aceh’s tsunami-devastated west coast, three of them in Calang and two in Meulaboh.

It brings the total to eight permanent schools already completed. This figure will rise to ten by the end of the month.

Opening the new SDN Kampong Baro school, in Calang, today UNICEF Indonesia’s Representative, Gianfranco Rotigliano, said: “It's important we build schools with higher levels of safety in an area so prone to earthquakes. There can be no compromise on this quality issue.

“It’s also important that children are educated in the best learning environment we can provide.”

Each school introduces new standards of ‘child-friendly’ design and degrees of earthquake resistance to school buildings in Aceh.

These new schools, funded by UNICEF, are all equipped with desks and chairs and additional furniture for the library and teachers’ office. Their ‘child-friendly’ qualities include: landscaped play areas, separate toilets for boys and girls, the provision of clean water, and access for the disabled.

UNICEF now has more than 60 permanent schools under construction in Aceh, part of a massive $90 million investment in the Aceh and Nias education sector. 

This UNICEF investment has already seen the building of more than 232 semi-permanent, or quick-build, school units in Aceh and Nias. There were will be more than 300 permanent schools built across the tsunami and earthquake devastated provinces.


For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For further information, please contact:
Lely Djuhari, UNICEF Media, Banda Aceh: Tel +62 811 802 338
Mervyn Fletcher, UNICEF Media, Jakarta: Tel +62  811 98 72 96




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