New school building improves enrolment

- RAJENDRA NATH, Banke

Dec 4, 2014-

Following a concerted effort to improve its infrastructure as well as quality of education it provides, a school in Mahu village in Baijapur-8 in the district has undergone a massive change within a period of just five year, which has also helped increased school enrolment.

  Initially established by the locals in two make-shift huts, the school today has a four-roomed building along with drinking water supply and toilet facilities. The school also boasts of its own compound equipped with swings and other recreational items for children.

The story of Janabhawana Primary School in Baijapur-8, located 35 km south-east from the district headquarters Nepalgunj, is compelling as well as inspiring. The transformation of the school from a hut to a building equipped with modern facilities was made possible by the dedication and contribution of not only the locals but foreign nationals too.

“Initially, 22 Taiwanese volunteers trained us how to create a child-friendly atmosphere in the school. Afterwards 12 trainers and an engineer from Chicago, US took the initiative for constructing the main building of the school including other infrastructures,” said headmaster Yadav KC, adding that the foreign volunteers  not only respected the feelings of the locals by carrying the construction materials themselves, but also encouraged the locals to provide free labour donation.

Meanwhile, the four-roomed school building was constructed by Unesco Club, Banke with financial assistance from Save the Children, South Korea.

According to chairperson of the club, Prabej Ali Siddhiqui, the school building was constructed at the cost of about Rs 4.7 million.Apparently, the school had garnered attention of the foreigners and donor agencies after an article along with pictures of the children studying under treacherous conditions was published in the national newspapers.

While the newly constructed building of the school in Baijapur-8 was inaugurated by District Education Officer on Wednesday, the locals objected plans to raze the make-shift huts where the school ran its classes in the past. One Basudev Tharu, a local, said that they could not get themselves to destroy the huts as they carried the history of the school.

Published: 05-12-2014 09:19

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