Tuesday, February 1, 2011

    Govt clueless about schools in remote areas

    The government’s negligence of schools in remote areas was further revealed when officials showed they were ignorant that 12 school buildings had been constructed by Italy-based organisation Hanuman Onlus in remote districts in the last decade.

    At the tenth anniversary of assistance to Nepal, chief guest Director of Department of Education Balaram Timilsina today said the government did not have any record of Hanuman Onlus.

    A group of Italians with the motto of serving needy children had come to Nepal in 2001 and started to support schools by providing assistance to make school infrastructure and provide scholastic materials and full scholarships in remote districts. The group has already completed 12 school buildings in Sindhupalchowk, Dhading, Chitwan, Ramechhap and provided 55 scholarships, each funded by 55 interested Italians.

    Chairman of Nepal National Teachers Association Baburam Adhikari called on the Ministry of Education and DoE to coordinate with such donors.

    Director of Hanuman Onlus Meneghello Francesca said some 30,000 students had benefited through their support programmes.

    A visiting group from Italy is going to hand over a school building in Ramechhap tomorrow.