A Save the Children Temporary Learning Center in Nepal. Photo: David Hartman/Save the Children
Kathmandu, Nepal (May 31, 2015) —
As schools throughout Nepal prepare to open for the
first time in over a month, it is estimated that close to one million children may
not be able to return to their classrooms due to the extensive damage caused by
the earthquakes of April 25 and May 12.
More than 32,000 classrooms have been completely
destroyed, and an additional 15,000 have been badly damaged and considered
unsafe for students and teachers.
Even in areas where schools have remained intact,
many children and parents are anxious about returning due to fears of further
aftershocks and fragile building structures.
“Save the Children firmly believes that education
cannot stop because of an emergency. We know that in times of crisis, providing
children with an education allows them the opportunity to recover from what has
happened not just restart their learning. As such, we are eager to get children
into the classroom but know that it is crucial they also feel safe,” says Delilah Borja, country director
at Save the Children Nepal.
“We have already established 32 temporary learning
centers in some of the communities most-affected by the earthquake of April 25,
and will build a further 670 in the coming months.
“We are aware that the longer children are out of
school, the harder it is for them to return and that is why we will continue to
do all we can to get children back into education,” she adds.
the Children is providing essential learning materials to schools as well as
training to teachers on how to ensure that the school environment is safe and how
to help traumatized children recover from their experiences.
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