MANAMA: A new education park in Isa Town is being developed by Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company (Edamah) and Amanat Edu-Safe Park.

The first-of-its-kind facility offers a one-stop solution for students and parents which will add value to education beyond school hours. The investment value of the project was not disclosed.

Present during the ground-breaking ceremony last week were Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi, director general of schools affairs Dr Mohammed Mubarak Jumaa, Amanat Edu-Safe Park founder and chief executive Dr Shaikha May bint Sulaiman Al Otaibi and Edamah CEO Amin Alarrayed.

Dr Al Nuaimi praised the project, congratulating all parties involved for delivering a safe and comfortable facility that serves neighbouring schools.

He also pledged the ministry’s support for private sector investment in education adding that he expected the new facility to meet parents’ expectations by providing an attractive learning environment that includes educational centres, multi-purpose classrooms, workshops and specialised training programmes.

The facility includes a library, sports halls and fields, offered in co-operation with one of the private schools in the area.

In response to a shortage of retail and commercial offerings in the vicinity, the project will also include coffee shops, banks, pharmacies, business centres, and services equipped to serve surrounding schools.

Parents can also enjoy the park’s facilities as they wait for their children.

The park incorporates sustainable practices to promote a ‘go green’ consciousness among students and parents, and features scenic green spaces with jogging tracks, walkways, and outdoor installations, which create an atmosphere conducive to learning and innovation.

In addition to these, the educational park will feature several commercial units available for rent.

The aim is to create an environmentally-friendly space that enhances creativity and supports entrepreneurship.

Dr Al Otaibi said: “This project was conceived and designed with the area’s needs in mind, following an extensive survey of hundreds of students and parents conducted by Edamah.

“Backed by our more than 30 years of experience in education, we are confident that the educational park will complement school learning, helping young people develop the skills they need to thrive in today’s rapidly-changing world.”

“Parents, too, will benefit from dedicated learning programmes, supported by Tamkeen, which will be offered on site. In addition, there will be service centres for parents and students. Its close proximity to schools will save time on transportation and ensure parents and staff are in a safe space that is monitored by specialised Bahraini companies.

“The project will also create educational projects and job opportunities for Bahraini entrepreneurs,” she added.

Mr Alarrayed said: “The park will create a positive, social and commercial impact in line with Edamah’s commitment to projects that add value to Bahraini society. This will be an important addition to the Isa Town Educational Area, which is very busy during the day but underutilised immediately after school and university hours.

“It will create a dynamic interaction point between all educational institutions in the neighbourhood and improve the quality of extra-curricular learning available to students of all ages.”

Phase 1 of the park is expected to be completed in April 2022 followed by phase 2 in September next year.

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