Francine Uenuma 202.450.9153 (M)
Fairfield, Conn. (Oct. 24, 2015) –
Six months since the Nepal earthquake, almost a quarter million children
are being schooled in classrooms unfit for freezing winter temperatures, warns
Save the Children.
The child rights agency can also reveal that one million
children have been left without permanent classrooms and another 171,400
children continue to require support to return to learning.
The immediate concern this winter is for children whose education
may suffer because they have to endure plummeting sub-zero
temperatures in temporary learning centers.
Almost 3,000 temporary learning centers were
built quickly after the earthquake in April so that
children could continue their education. With winter
approaching Save the Children says funding is urgently needed to upgrade the
temporary classrooms to protect children from harsh winter weather.
Save the Children's Country Director for Nepal Delailah Borja
explains, "We know how important education is to children affected by
disaster. Therefore aid agencies quickly built temporary classrooms
for thousands of school-aged children in Nepal. However, the slow
progress in construction of permanent schools together with the onset of
winter, mean that we need to act now to insulate and winterize classrooms.
Winterization is imperative to ensure children remain in school and are
protected from the weather while at school. Funding is urgently needed for this
For families in the mountainous and remote regions of Nepal, there
is still an urgent requirement for basic food and shelter relief, says Save the
Children. There is also a risk of families falling into debt because of the
cost of construction of temporary shelters, pushing them into extreme poverty.
Save the Children stressed that urgent action is required to
address shelter needs, for the community in general but in particular for those
at greatest risk.
"Significant investment is needed to increase the local supply of
trained technicians and construction workers to work with communities
on safe and resilient construction techniques," said Ms Borja.
"Households at high altitudes, and those people who have been forced to
leave their homes and live in camps, are particularly at risk. Such high risk
households must be provided with every assistance to ensure that they have
adequate shelter for the winter, without needing to take on debts which
they cannot possibly repay," added Ms Borja.
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