Bahrain has just built the biggest school in the country. It generates its own electricity, has won praise from smart city experts and was carefully designed for people with disabilities.
The Shaikha Mooza bint Hamad Al Khalifa’s Primary and Secondary Girls’ School in Jau cost $28.8m (BHD10.8m) to design and build.
It is the biggest school in Bahirani history in terms of size, cost and capacity.
It has space for more than 1,400 students across 48 classrooms in four academic buildings.
Slopes have been built at each of the main entrances to make the school more accessible for disabled people. Non-slippery vinyl flooring has also been used to make the 26,500m² space safer for school children. In line with this, disabled toilets and specially designed elevators have been installed.
The school covers a total area of 50,000m² and has science labs, a library, offices, a sports hall, cafeteria and classrooms among other facilities.
Solar panels installed on the school’s roof may reduce electricity costs by up to 30%.
The school was built under the GCC Development Project, which is supported by the Saudi Fund for Development.
A Bahraini-Saudi Arabian consortium of Al Moayed and Nasma Contracting led the construction project.
In 2018, the school won the Smart School Building Award during the third Smart and Sustainable Cities Conference, according to Bahrain’s state-run news agency.