Swedish firm to run new 3,000-pupil school in Bahrain

Diyar Al Muharraq signs land sale agreement with Medad Real Estate Company to establish the Al Safwa Private School.
Swedish firm to run new 3,000-pupil school in Bahrain
By Staff writer
Fri 17 Jul 2015 01:30 AM

Bahraini developer Diyar Al Muharraq has announced the signing of a land sale agreement with Medad Real Estate Company to establish the Al Safwa Private School.

The school will be constructed by Kooheji Contractors on a total land area of 30,000 square metres, located opposite the Diyar Homes neighborhood close to the main entrance of the Diyar Al Muharraq city project.

The 3,000-pupil school will be operated by Al Safwa Group in cooperation with the Swedish educators KEDTECH, and will be a K12 school catering to Bahrainis as well as expat students.

The school will provide a curriculum that combines the highest international standards and languages, with Arabic language and literature and a social anchorage in Bahraini culture and values, a statement said.

The development of curriculum and standards has already begun. Construction of the school will start in August and the school is due to start its operation in September 2016.

The Bahrain Economic Development Board said it played an active role in this agreement by inviting KEDTECH to visit Bahrain to view the site location and to learn more about the kingdom's strengths in the education sector.

The EDB also facilitated a number of meetings with potential investors from the private sector in order to facilitate reaching an agreement to establish the school at Diyar Al Muharraq.

Vivian Jamal, executive director - Business Development at the EDB said: "Bahrain enjoys a prosperous education sector with developed public education and high-level training programs, in addition to a number of private schools that offer excellent curriculums from all over the world.

"Supplementing the sector with more specialized schools will no doubt contribute to raising efficiency and will provide high-quality education to the largest possible number of students. Through such agreements we are hoping to help young Bahrainis learn to the highest available standards in order for them to become productive members of society and to allow them to take on jobs that meet their level of education in the future."

Dr Maher Al Shaer, CEO of Diyar Al Muharraq added: "We sincerely welcome Al Safwa School into our fold as education is a top priority for us. Having succeeded in attracting highly reputed international schools to our project, we are moving even closer to attaining our prime objective for Diyar Al Muharraq - to be a fully integrated modern city with all facilities provided whether for residential, educational, commercial or entertainment purposes."

KEDTECH operates 50 schools in Sweden, England, USA, India, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Its CEO Odd Eiken said: "We are very excited about the agreement we signed with them pertaining to operating the school and we look forward to put in our best resources to create a state of art school for Bahrain and to become a role model for the region."

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