With an objective to restore education of one million children affected by earthquakes, a project has been initiated to construct 650 transitional learning centers in nine quake-ravaged districts.
Such learning centers would be constructed in Gorkha, Kavrepalanchowk, Makawanpur, Nuwakot, Okhaldhunga, Ramechhap, Rasuwa, Sindhuli and Sindhupalchowk by the European Union and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
“These transitional learning centers will provide a better environment for teaching and learning for students and school teachers,” said Andreas Roettger, head of Cooperation at Delegation of the European Union to Nepal, issuing a press statement on Wednesday.
According to the statement, learning centers would be built with corrugated galvanized iron sheet roofing, sturdier walls as well as gender-friendly sanitation and hygiene facilities. It further read that the project, with the budget of 4 million Euros, would also provide essential learning materials, and training on psychosocial counseling for 1,300 school teachers.
“Following the devastating earthquakes last year that destroyed or severely damaged over 35,000 classrooms, tremendous amount of effort was made to bring children back to school as soon as possible to minimize disruption of their education by establishing temporary learning centers,” said Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF’s representative to Nepal, adding that the project would help in ensuring safe learning spaces for children.