France to build 500 classrooms in Gabon to help address overcrowding challenges
France’s development agency, Agence Française de Developpement (AFD), will build 500 school classrooms across Gabon for a total investment of 154 million euros in a bid to help address the issue of overcrowding of schools in the central African country, Gabon Actu reports.
Marie Sennequier, Director of the agency in Gabon, during a press conference Thursday in capital Libreville indicated that the investment project known as PISE, will erect classrooms in Grand Libreville (Libreville, Owendo, Ntoum and Akanda) and the country’s second city Port Gentil.
PISE also, according to the French official, aims to solve the perennial problem of overcrowding in Gabonese schools. It consists in building new primary, junior and high schools in order to provide students and teachers with better learning and working conditions.
The project will also build the capacity of school inspectors in finance, life assistants and other supervisors in the education sector who are not teachers.
“We have 10 schools that have already been built in 2021, we have 5 schools that are currently under construction, and we have 13 others that will be built in Libreville and Port-Gentil,” Sennequier also added.