Schools reopened, but…Following the major earthquake hit Nepal on April 25th, AAR Japan’s emergency response team has been involved in relief efforts in Tasarpu Village, in the mountainous Dhading District. We have distributed food, tent materials and daily necessities to 1,299 families in the village from May 9th to 21st. We are now focusing our efforts on the assessment for the construction of temporary learning centers in the neighboring villages of Tahkre and Jeewanpur as well as in Tasarpu.
For about a month after the earthquake, all the schools in the disaster-stricken areas were closed. Some schools reopened on May 31st. During the school closure, engineers from the Educational Bureau of Dhading District assessed the safety of the school buildings in the district, marking buildings at risk of collapsing in red and ones deemed safe in green. In Tasarpu Village, where we delivered relief goods, there are 11 schools. Forty-five classrooms in seven out of 11 schools were marked red. Fifty-three classrooms in seven of ten schools in Tahkre Village and 52 classrooms in ten of 11 schools in Jeewanpur Village were also assessed to be dangerous. The local government has not announced any specific policies on how to deal with the classrooms labeled dangerous. Because of this lack of policy information, some schools continue using the classrooms marked red while others refrain from using them.
|A highly dangerous school building with shear cracking visible on the entire surface of walls (A school in the 2nd Ward of Tasarpu Village, Dhading District, June 1st, 2015).
|This red sticker is placed on the school buildings that are at risk of collapsing, according to the government safety assessment. (A school in the 9th Ward of Tasarpu Village, Dhading District, May 31st, 2015)
Children learn in classrooms that may collapse at any moment
|Anjari Thapa lost her school uniform and supplies in the earthquake. She goes to school in plain clothes (The 6th Ward of Tahkre Village, June 4th, 2015).
|Female teachers at a school in the 9th Ward, Tasarpu Village (Tirta Kumari is pictured second from left) (The 9th Ward, Tasarpu Village, Dhading District, June 2nd, 2015)
|Fukuro KAKIZAWA, from AAR Japan Tokyo Headquarters Office, interviews school officials (The 6th Ward, Jeewanpur Village, Dhading District, June 5th, 2015)