Kathmandu, February 5: The reconstruction of 254 schools damaged in the April 2015 earthquake in Makwanpur has been completed while the reconstruction of 72 more schools is currently underway.
The highest number of schools have been reconstructed through the school management committees. Until now, reconstruction of 207 school buildings have been completed while 45 school buildings are under-construction. Likewise, in 70 school toilets have also been constructed.
Similarly, out of 41 schools that have been chosen for reconstruction with the loan support of ‘Official Development Assistance (ODA)’ of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the reconstruction of 20 schools have been completed. The remaining 21 schools are under reconstruction.
According to Chief of District Level Project Implementation Unit (Education) of Makwanpur Badri Bahadur Pathak, 350 schools are required to be reconstructed in the district.
A model school is also being reconstructed with the Asian Development Bank’s loan support in the district. The school building of Janapriya Secondary School with 48 rooms was reconstructed in Ward no. 12 of Hetauda Sub-Metropolitan City.
Different non-governmental organizations have also been supporting the reconstruction of damaged schools in Makwanpur. Esther Benjanins has constructed 10 school buildings and Plan International has constructed 6 schools. Likewise, USD Nepal has supported the reconstruction of five schools, Care-Nepal four schools and KOSAN Nepal one school building.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has reconstructed 6 schools here. The construction of these schools are being carried out with the concept of complete school, where there will be all the necessary classrooms, libraries, labs, toilets and drinking water provisions.
These organizations also supported in the construction of 436 semi-permanent structures in 153 schools of Makwanpur. The earthquake of 2015 had affected 409 schools out of 516 schools of Makwanpur.
According to Pathak, reconstruction of many of the earthquake-affected schools are difficult due to insufficient land although the schools have been damaged by the earthquake. Likewise, construction has not been possible in some remote areas due to lack of road access.
Total in district: 516
Damaged by earthquake: 409
Total requiring reconstruction: 350
Reconstruction completed: 254
Reconstruction ongoing: 72