Monday, February 7, 2011

Kailali schools to withstand disaster

A group of non-government organisations (NGOs) on Monday launched a project to make schools in Kailali district disaster-resilient.
The three-year project funded by the Qatar charity Reach Out To Asia also aims at creating public awareness on natural disasters in Kailali through students and teachers. The US$1,496,869-project is said to cover 68,000 students and 1,500 teachers in 150 public schools in 22 VDCs and two municipalities in the district. While NGOs including ActionAid and MercyCorps will administer the project, Kailali Red Cross Society and local NGO Forum for Awareness and Youth Activity will implement programmes at the local level. “The project aims at improving the quality of education by adopting child-centred learning and reducing vulnerability of school children, teachers and communities by building their capacities,” said Bimal Phunyal, country director of ActionAid.
“The project will also support schools by providing learning materials, safety aids and construction of small-scale infrastructures like classrooms, toilets and water facilities.”
Addressing a programme, Mahashram Sharma, a Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Education, said the government was committed to promoting the quality of education by creating safer learning environment in collaboration with donor agencies and organisations.