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2015.01 ~ Pipaldanda School Nearing Completion

posted 21 Jan 2015, 09:22 by Manisha UK   [ updated 18 Jun 2015, 04:05 ]
After 3 years of incredibly hard, manual work, Nava Durga School, Pipaldanda is nearing completion. 

This picture shows the school before the project started. The slideshow below shows the state as at early January, 2015.

Part of Project Palpa, the complete rebuild of this community's primary school has seen the school transformed from a dilapidated 2-storey, 4 classroom school housing over 120 Year 1 to 6 children; to a superb 3 storey, 8 classroom building with staffroom, library and new toilet block. 

The new school was built with 8 classrooms such that local children moving up to year 7 and 8 lower secondary, can do so without the 1.5 hour walk to a neighbouring community. Years 1 to 8 are the compulsory years of education in Nepal but many year 7 and 8 pupils never complete compulsory years due to the difficulty in reaching the nearest lower secondary school.

This project was funded via the Steve Sinnott Foundation with the backing of T-GET (Teachers General Education Trust). The project has been managed from the UK by Manisha UK and delivered by Manisha UK local resources who have coordinated local labour and materials suppliers over the duration of the project. The project is all the more amazing when it is realised that, apart from the lorries and tractors that delivered materials up the steep and rugged terrain surrounding the school, there has been no mechanical assistance available to the workers, everything has been dug, built and finished by hand. An outstanding achievement and testament to the building abilities of the local workers who have earned good rates of pay throughout the project.

From the projects' inception, Manisha UK was determined to ensure that this project not only delivered a step change in educational facilities but also furnished the community with a means of improving the sustainability of the school. To this end, the lower floor of the school is divided into 8 shop units, each capable of being rented out to local retailers to the benefit of the community and the school.

Workers are now tidying up the site and, having demolished the old school building, will be landscaping the surrounding area to provide and safe playground to the new school.