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Iranian philanthropist contributes $180M for school construction

Shahr-e-Rey, Tehran prov, Nov 2, IRNA -- Head of the Iranian Philanthropists for School Construction (IPSC) Mohammad-Reza Hafezi announced on Monday that an Iranian philanthropist has recently contributed 1,500 billion rials ($180 million) for the purpose.

The IPSC head who was speaking at southern Tehran district, Shahr-e-Rey's Khayyer-e-Mosalla Nejad School at the first nationwide gathering of IPSC philanthropists added, "That benevolent individual has already paid 250 billion rials ($45mn) of his ethical commitment, that has been spent in construction of new schools where they are needed."

Emphasizing that the IPSC philanthropists have never ceased contributing to the cause, Hafezi added, "Thanks to those continuous contributions and IPSC's comprehensive planning we hope to meet the nation's demand to new academic space within the next four years, when we hope no shortage in that respect would remain."

He said, "That will be the day that IPSC contributions would be allocated to provision of the required academic software at schools and we hope to meet the standards of the advanced countries in that respect within the next five to seven years."

During the meeting the head of IPSC's Shahr-e-Rey branch Seyed Mehdi Mowjani, too, said, "Although thanks to the contributions of the IPSC philanthropists we have constructed many new schools in Shahr-e-Rey, since many old schools in this district need to be destroyed and reconstructed, we are still in need of another 1,000 class rooms in Shahr-e-Rey."

Mowjani, a philanthropist himself, added, "The blessed establishment of IPSC raised the hope in our hearts that this district's need to new academic space would be met in the short term."

Head of Shar-e-Ray's Education Ministry branch Mohammad Mowlaie, too, told the gathering, "We have some 200,000 students in Shar-e-Rey, who are currently in need of 1,000 new class rooms."

He said that the Education Ministry's annual budget for the purpose in Shahr-e-Rey is 10.1 billion rials ($1.9 million), adding, Keeping in mind the old texture of schools in Shahr-e-Rey, and that most of them need to be raised to the ground and reconstructed, that amount is quite insufficient."

The Education Ministry official reiterated, "If the IPSC contributions had not been allocated to the purpose, we would have been urged to take advantage of Shahr-e-Rey schools in three working shifts, namely the morning, the afternoon and the night hour classes already."

He added, "Unfortunately the bridge constructors' dynamic activities in Shahr-e-Rey during the past few years has increased this district's population several-fold, but new schools and other city services have not been multiplied to meet the new residents' demands."

Shahr-e-Ray Education Ministry head added, "Most schools in this district are over 40 years old and need to be destroyed and reconstructed as they are not safe any longer."

Meanwhile, the contributions of Tehran university Professor, Dr. Maryam Parhizkar, who has in addition to construction of 150 class rooms allocated the whole space of her personal residence to needy university students, and a number of other philanthropists were praised during IPSC's first gathering.

One of the IPSC philanthropists, Seyed Mahdi ale-Ta Ha, while stressing the importance of school construction in Islam, said at the end of the gathering, "We have also established the Iranian philanthropists for House Construction (IPHC), commissioned the task of constructing residential units for the young newly wed couples who are unable to acquire appropriate houses for themselves."

He added, "The IPHC has during the short while since its establishment constructed eighty-five houses."

Tehran's Shahr-e-Rey district has a population over one million and an area around 2,300 square kilometers.

The historic township is comprised of three districts and 130 villages, with some 2,000 students and over 20,000 university students.

Among Tehran's 27 Education Ministry districts, Shahr-e-Rey ranked first during the current year in top students who managed to pass the nationwide universities' entrance exams.

On the sidelines of the gathering, the IPSC public relations official Seyed Ali-Akbar Kassa announced that the philanthropists at the meeting have accepted to construct 21 new schools in Shar-e-Rey and allocated 70 million rials ($950,000) to the purpose during the gathering.

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