Selected Education and Training Sector Projects

Consultant Architect, Uganda Health Systems Strengthening Project – World Bank (approx. value US$100 million):

This comprehensive project includes strengthening the health workforce as well as large scale civil works to renovate over 30 hospitals and some health centres.

Harry Wiebe joined the Bank’s team as the architect in May 2009 and the preparation and appraisal of this new project is ongoing into 2010. I am working closely with the MOH’s Health Information Department to plan the design and construction of the civil works.


Quality Assurance / Consultant Architect, Aceh Province, Indonesia: Primary Schools Construction Project (April 2007–May 2007 - UNICEF): US$ 13.4 million

This project is part of a larger initiative to build more than 300 primary schools in Aceh, in the wake of the tsunami and earthquakes in the region.

Harry Wiebe worked with a team of Indonesian architects and engineers (BITA Enarcon, based in Bandung) to develop standard school designs for Aceh. Mr. Wiebe's time was divided between Indonesia and his home office.


Consultant Architect, Eritrea: Education Sector Investment Project (November 2006–current - World Bank): US$ 45.0 million

This project is designed to increase enrolment and gender equity in basic education and enhance quality in basic and secondary education.

Harry Wiebe is working a World Bank team in the implementation support of this project, with responsibility for advisement in all aspects of school design and construction modalities.


Consultant Architect, Mongolia: Second Education Development Project (April–May 2003 - Asian Development Bank): US$ 14.0 million

The SEDP was designed to improve access, quality and sustainability of preschool, primary and secondary education in poorer rural and urban communities.

Harry Wiebe worked with the Canadian firm Planning Alliance to review the initial implementation plan for rehabilitation of schools and to advise on the best way forward for civil works, all to ensure adherence to the overall goals for the project.


Architect / Project Costs Specialist, Gambia: Gambia Education III Project (January–February 2001 - African Development Bank): US$ 14.0 million

This initiative was designed to improve access and quality in education by providing classrooms, teacher training, girls' schooling support, and by laying the groundwork to increase the relevance of technical education.

Harry Wiebe joined the ADB team for three weeks of preparation and appraisal work in the Gambia in January 2001, followed by three weeks of report writing and presentation in Abidjan. Mr. Wiebe worked with the client to define appropriate investments in school construction and rehabilitation, as well as developing costs for all aspects of the project.


Project Manager / Senior Facilities Programmer, Cayman Islands: Facilities Programming - Design Brief for New High School (January–September 2000 & February 2003 - Government of Cayman Islands): US$ 34.5 million

This government-funded assignment produced a Design Brief to prepare for construction of a new high school on Grand Cayman.

Harry Wiebe prepared a Design Brief in 2000. As manager of the project, Mr. Wiebe was responsible for all client liaison and presentations. He participated in all of the user-group reviews. A followup assignment in 2003 updated the Brief and made preliminary recommendations for growth at another Caymanian high school.


Project Manager, Swaziland: Education 1 Project (September 1997–July 1998 - African Development Bank): US$ 13.5 million - ADF

The project was designed to improve access and quality of primary education through (a) primary classroom construction, (b) teacher support and training, and (c) provision of textbooks and learning materials. The project was launched in March 1996.

Harry Wiebe joined the World Ban team as consulting architect in February 1995. He was responsible for developing space requirements and cost estimates for classrooms, teachers houses, administration blocks, boreholes, pit latrines and site services. Seventy-five complete new primary schools and additional classrooms at hundreds of existing schools will be constructed. Mr. Wiebe helped develop a plan for speedy erection of classroom (shells) by the private sector, with appropriate community inputs for construction of walls. Careful and consistent client consultation helped to fast-track this emergency project.

His continuing work with this project involved monitoring and supervision of pilot projects (role of the architect, quantity surveyors, management contractor, and the Client's PIU) and advising on implementation.


Consulting Architect, Malawi: Secondary Education Project (February 1995–1998 - World Bank): US$ 70.0 million - IDA

This project aimed to assist the education sector in (a) improving access to education for under-served rural areas, (b) strengthening management services, (c) improving educational quality, and (d) supporting priority needs at the secondary level.

Harry Wiebe's involvement with the project began in February 1995. Initially, he coordinated the work of three CIDA-funded consultants in the field to assess distance education and science education, and to review gender issues. Their work contributed to the efforts of World Bank staff to prepare a unified plan to address secondary education needs in Malawi. His continuing role included assessment of existing construction methods, capacities, and implementation schemes for civil works, with recommendations for quicker and more cost-effective construction of secondary schools.





Overview of Education and Training.

Recent Project Experience

Great Village principals and associates have worked extensively with potential employers, training institutions and governments to develop and enhance training and vocational programs.

Great Village Managing Directors Mr.Wiebe and Mr.Burnfield