At the heart of local government resides the duty to provide quality service delivery to all citizens. However, local government officials are often bound by limited resources and not always to meet citizen needs in a timely manner. In Wasit, through integrated solutions, coordination, and volunteerism, this challenge was overcome to rehabilitate 18 schools that were in desperate need of repairs.
With technical assistance provided by GSP/Taqadum in the development of the Service Delivery Improvement Plan (SDIP), the Vocational Training Section and Education Directorate developed a solution during the Wasit vocational training public meeting where it presented its developed SDIP. The solution was to rehabilitate the schools. Volunteers from the Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) utilized their new skills in carpentry, blacksmithing, electrical works, painting, plumbing, and gardening to make needed repairs to desks, classrooms, and sanitation facilities. These individuals got to practice their new trades while serving their communities by creating improved learning environments for local kids.
The Essential Service Delivery Oversight (ESDO) unit is responsible for following up to ensure that SDIP solutions are effectively implemented. ESDO units were established in the provinces during the first phase of GSP/Taqadum to help ensure the sustainability of service delivery improvement interventions. This week, the ESDO unit, accompanied by First Deputy Governor Mr. Adel Ghareeb, conducted a site visit to one of the 18 schools selected for rehabilitation – a primary school that serves 750 students. Classroom desks, chairs, doors, and windows had been repaired; walls had been painted; and new lights, ceiling fans, and electrical outlets had been installed. Sanitation facilities had also been rehabilitated, included installation of new faucets, water tanks, and septic tanks.