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Construction of Sulochana Secondary School

Nepal is a country of general social and economic inequality and political instability, without a developed infrastructure or sustainable resources for living. A significant portion of the population lives on the verge of poverty (30 percent of residents survive on less than 1 US dollar a day). Out of 28 million inhabitants, nearly half (13 million) are children. Poverty and lack of political stability directly affect the country’s social development, social care and education.

In response to the need to ensure access to education for children and young people, an initiative to build a secondary school was undertaken. Locating the school on the way from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi will make it accessible for young people from the Rasuwa District and the Nuwakot District, which was damaged during the earthquake of April 2015.

The building will be able to accommodate about 240 pupils (in Nepal, each class can have up to 40 pupils). Both girls and boys will be attending the school. One of the main goals of the project is to even the educational opportunities for Nepali girls (currently, 35% of girls and 63% of boys can read, and 66% of girls and 79% of boys attend primary school).

The project partner, Round Table in Nepal, has carried out a series of measures under the Freedom through Education (FtE) project aimed at providing support for education of children in Nepal by ensuring suitable learning conditions. The FtE project has resulted in the construction of 33 schools, 212 classes, one orphanage, one boarding school, one health care centre and two toilets. The support encompassed more than 11,000 pupils.

Construction of Sulochana Secondary School

The project is a response to the problem of access to education for young people in the Nuwakot District. After the 2015 earthquake, classes were held in bamboo huts. The project’s implementation made it possible for young people to return to masonry buildings, favourably affecting the quality of teaching and safety of young people.

The project’s beneficiaries are children and young people of the Nuwakot District. In addition, thanks to the school’s location near the road from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi, classes can also be attended by young people from the Rasuwa District.

The project benefits the Second Goal of Sustainable Development: to achieve universal primary education by ensuring that all boys and girls will be able to complete a full course of primary education.

The project was implemented between 19 September and 31 December 2015 in cooperation with the Round Table in Nepal.

Construction of Sulochana Secondary School

The project was implemented from 19 September to 31 December 2015. Already in September, the walls, metal construction and roof were put up. As a result of these measures, three masonry blocks were erected, each composed of two classes.

The difficult situation in Nepal after the earthquake, followed by its worsening as a result of the continuing fuel crisis in relations with India, raised questions as to the possibility of meeting the project completion deadline. However, thanks to our partner’s determination and the support of the embassy, all measures were completed within the planned time limit.

Thanks to the project, access to education in six classes was secured for a group of about 240 pupils.