Reconstructed quake-resistant schools handed over

Kavre, Dec 18: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Nepal handed over the newly reconstructed Shree Kali Devi Primary School in Kavre District to the community at a ceremony today. The April 2015 earthquake had badly damaged the school, destroying five classrooms and other school facilities.

The newly reconstructed school has seven classrooms and a library in three buildings as well as separate toilet blocks for girls and boys. The buildings are modern structures resistant to earthquakes and designed with disabled-friendly features.

Prior to the construction of the new buildings, students were taking classes at temporary makeshift classrooms.

The school was reconstructed under the Earthquake Emergency Assistance Project (EEAP)jointly financed by ADB, which provided $200 million, and the Government of Nepal, which provided $33.4 million. The United States Agency for International Development provided $10 million in co-financing, according to a statement issued by the ADB here today.

The project is rebuilding 154 schools damaged by the earthquake which would enable thousands of children to return to school. Eleven schools are ready to be handed over to the community. The schools include stronger construction and engineering specifications that are designed to help the structures withstand future earthquakes. The EEAP-supported school reconstruction program is scheduled for completion in early 2019.