JICA hands over reconstructed school building

Published On: December 19, 2017 07:42 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Dec 19: The newly reconstructed buildings comprising three new blocks with six classrooms, laboratory, ECD, library, lavatories along with other required facilities of Path Pradarshak Secondary School situated in Badikhel, Lalitpur were handed over to the school management today. 

Chief Representative of JICA Nepal Jun Sakuma and Education Secretary Madhu Prasad Regmi jointly inaugurated the school infrastructures amidst a function held in the school premises. The construction of the buildings which began in June 2016 is built under Emergency School Reconstruction Project (ESRP), according to a press release by JICA Nepal. 

The Project is being implemented by Central Level Project Implementation Unit of Ministry of Education under Japanese ODA loan assistance. The school was severely damaged during the earthquake in 2015. Since then the school faced difficulties in managing the classrooms and education for the students. The secondary school was established back in 1963 and now have 474 students altogether. 

The new buildings are constructed with multi-hazard resilient structures which are environment, child, gender and disable friendly and is expected to provide improved learning environment for the students. 

Speaking at the event Secretary Regmi said although the school infrastructure is now complete the real testimony now lies in conducting regular schooling, improving the quality of education and increasing the number of students in the community school, so that the future of all children is secured. 

Similarly, Sakuma said development of education sector in Nepal is one of primary motives of JICA and completion of this building is a positive commencement to various ongoing school reconstruction endeavors of JICA Nepal. 

Under the Emergency School Reconstruction Project (ESRP) approximately 300 schools are being built at a total cost of about Rs 12.7 billion to support the reconstruction of disaster resilient schools in Gorkha, Dhading, Nuwakot, Makwanpur, Rasuwa and Lalitpur districts. 

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