2,000 schools still needed
Investors encouraged to build schools in the Kurdistan Region
ERBIL, January 22 – The Kurdistan Region Investment Board is emphasizing the importance of educational infrastructure in its 2023 plans, with a focus on approving investor-built private schools.
According to the board’s leadership, investors will lay foundations for 10 schools in Erbil this February.
“These schools, built by investors, will be handed over to the Ministry of Education of the Kurdistan Regional Government. They will become the property of the ministry and will be used for educational purposes,” said Pishtewan Hama Saeed, General Director of the Investment Board.
Hama Saeed added that coordination among the board, the Ministry of Education, and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Council of Ministers aims to ensure that schools are built in strategic locations to reduce overcrowding. Schools in the region operate above capacity, requiring students to attend classes in multiple shifts.
New, investor-built schools will have 12 to 18 classrooms.
According to the Ministry of Education, the Kurdistan Region hosts more than 7,000 schools but requires at least 2,000 more to eliminate the need for two and three shifts.