Quake-hit school runs classes under open sky

  • Tents received from organisations after the earthquake have torn up
Yarusha Nepali, one ofthe students, says sheonly goes to school ifthe weather is fine

Feb 6, 2016-After the devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015 destroyed the school building of Bindabasini Primary School of Pachok VDC-3 in Lamjung district, the school has been running its classes under the open sky.

The school has been using a land owned by two villagers for teaching space.

“Classes do not take place when it rains, the weather is too cold or windy,” said Ram Bahadur Ghimire, the headmaster. “The tents we received from some social organisations after the earthquake have torn up and no longer useful.” Schoolteacher Him Kumari Gurung said the children have trouble learning because of cold weather.

“Wearing warm clothes does not help because they have to stay out,” he said.

Yarusha Nepali, one of the students, said she only goes to school if the weather is fine.“There is no classroom and the school is usually closed if it is too cold,” she said.

Phatta Bahadur Gurung, chairman of the school management committee, said they have been planning to construct huts to run the classes. “We have requested different organisations and government agencies for assistance to construct a school building. One organisation has agreed to help,” he said.There are 71 students in the school.



Published: 06-02-2016 09:10

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