The staircase into the old schoolhouse in Jugaani was missing steps. Inside the building were cracked ceilings, peeling walls and rickety desks. The building was structurally unsound and too dangerous for classes to continue. A replacement was needed urgently. In 2010, a new school filled with modern supplies opened in Jugaani, giving students no excuse not to learn.
Twelfth-grader Anuki Dznelashvili has been to both the old and the new Jugaani schools. "The school we used to go to was dilapidated, almost in ruins. The new, nice environment gave us motivation and a chance to study better. We have separate classrooms for every discipline and have a computer class as well, where we can browse the internet and search for various materials."
Jugaani is not an exception. Other schools were so hazardous students had to be moved out and taught in ad hoc buildings. Many Georgian schools were so dilapidated that fixing them would have cost more than replacing them.
Thanks to a $15 million program supported by the World Bank, seven schools were built replacing ones that were structurally unsound. As part of the same project, 31 schools were rehabilitated or newly constructed with the government’s financial support.