A Missile Proof School Building in Sha’ar Hanegev
In the Negev, many things that we are used to thinking of as happy and safe have become threatening and sad — such as kites, balloons, and even school buildings.
The construction of a reinforced building for the Sha’ar Hanegev School, intended for the children of the eleven residential communities of the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, is being completed. Despite the difficulties of living here, the residential communities are growing, making it necessary to expand the regional school.
We entered the construction area, where the workers are putting the finishing touches on the school buildings. Special reinforced netting over the roof will prevent rockets from reaching the building. The computer room is located in the bomb shelter. An external classroom in the inner yard of the building is almost completed, and one can almost hear the joyful voices of children in the classrooms.
Wide dirt pathways wind around the buildings. It is hard to imagine them filled with greenery, as they soon will be.
The reinforced school building has been constructed to protect the children and enable them to maintain their regular routines even when rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip. In order to avoid a situation where the children are shut up in the building all day, and to enable them to enjoy exercise in the open air, KKL-JNF, with assistance from its friends all over the world, will do the landscaping work around the school buildings. The landscaping, which will benefit the children, their families, and the school staff, will include gardening, development, playground equipment and installations for providing shade.