School is due to start again this week in Nepal, although 32,000 classrooms in 8,000 schools are in ruins since two massive earthquakes that rocked the nation last month.
It will take time and money to rebuild the school buildings, but these transitional schools take less than 48 hours to set up. 80 schools have been erected so far, and more are being completed, even as you are reading this blog!
Here’s an example: How the village of Kebari set up tents for their school children and their community health posts in just 6 days with the help of ABARI and Learning Planet teams and supplies from #TentsToNepal.
Many school buildings are no longer safe to enter, let alone conduct classes in. #TentsToNepal Classooms are set up in open schoolyards, so children can carry on with classes while reconstruction is underway.
Our teams offered canvas tents, tools and efficient design to the local people, who approved the designs and participated in set-up process. Working together, they set up transitional structures for one secondary and two primary schools, as well as a health center.
Why Tent Classrooms?
Transitional classrooms need to provide children with a safe, fun and weather tight place to learn. This is made possible with locally produced bamboo and salvaged materials, covered with environmentally friendly canvas provided by #TentsToNepal, and constructed with resource-efficient, user-friendly and resilient architecture from ABARI and Learning Planet.
These transitional schools are great alternatives to using concrete or making sheds out of tin being used elsewhere, which will be deafeningly loud once the rain begin, and will become unbearably hot the rest of the time, until the weather cools at the end of the year.
Target: #TentsToNepal Classrooms in 14 Districts by Monsoon
Here’s the team at Kerbari – there are several teams in surrounding areas, selflessly working day and night to send kids back to school on time. They rest well at night, knowing that through this initiative, all schools of Kerabari VDC will be ready to re-open in the first week of June.
“The more I work the more I am convinced, our generation will build a better Nepal.” says team member Saroj Koirala
The plan is to have #TentsToNepal Classrooms set up in all 14 districts before the monsoon begins, including the higher altitude yurts.
Here’s how you can help the children of Gorkha get back to school
Seeing the children returning to school makes all the effort worthwhile. But not all of Nepal’s 950,000 school children will have classrooms to return to when school is due to start this week. In the worst-hit districts of Gorkha, it is estimated that more than 90% of schools were destroyed.
While classes resume in Gorkha, the process of building Temporary Learning Center in Kathmandu continues. This project started immediately after ABARI and Learning Planet presented their joint proposal to Nepal’s Minister of Education as a complimentary solution to existing official efforts.
Transitional classrooms made with sustainable and salvageable materials are the most practical solution for the next two years. Many hundreds more transitional tents will be required while buildings are reconstructed.
Here’s how you can help children of Gorkha get back to school.
If you feel inspired to share with your friends, colleagues or community, your group could provide a yurt or tunnel classroom as a collective donation. Our heartfelt thanks for you support to the people of Gorkha.
Communities in higher elevated areas of Gorkha are working with ABARI and Learning Planet to make yurts for community halls, schools, health posts and monasteries.
Here's where you can support them by sending #TentsToNepal.