Print Edition - 2015-05-15  |  Earthquake Relief

Restarting classes after the quake

- BIMAL KHATIWADA, Gorkha

May 14, 2015-

Teachers and stakeholders in Simjung VDC, Gorkha, have started planning for restarting classes after the April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks destroyed all the schools in the VDC.       

Yam Bahadur Gurung, the principal of Kalika Lower Secondary School, is worried that the aftershock of May 12 has badly affected his student’s psyche. Gurung lost his home to the quake, even the school building is in bad shape, but he has been working hard to restore his student’s moral and start classes as soon as possible. “No one had expected such a disaster to occur. The school building has collapsed, teachers and students have become homeless and the whole village lies in ruins,” said Gurung.

The VDC, which has lost all of its 11 schools to the earthquake, has 1,132 students to take care of. And people like Gurung are doing all they can to restore their education.   

Local stakeholders have now come up with a plan to relocate the schools in their VDC to safer places and decrease the number from 11 to 4, by merging them.

According to VDC Secretary Shekharnath Neupane, the local body is planning to relocate the schools to safer places and start classes in temporary classrooms. “For now, we plan to start classes under tents and tarpaulins,” he said.

Published: 15-05-2015 08:26

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