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Construction Of Primary School In Makaising

BACKGROUND

Bardada (VDC 3) is a village located in Gorkha province, not far from the major highway of Nepal. Despite such proximity, this small village of 106 households, of which 98 households belong to the Chepang community, almost feels like it is in some very rural part of Nepal.
mapa makaising

About The Chepang Comunity

Chepangs are one of the most backward indigenous ethnic communities of Nepal inhabiting the remote and sparse contours. Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) has categorized Chepangs as the second most backward/marginalized community from the bottom list from among the 59 marginalized Indigenous Communities listed by it and data states that almost 90 percent of them are leading life under utter poverty.
The Chepangs have their own district language belonging to one of the Tibeto-Burman strains but have no written script. They are mostly hunters and gatherers and their subsistence economy is based on forest resources. Despite significant improvement in education levels in many of the other indigenous ethnic groups of Nepal, it is estimated that only 23 percent of the Chepangs are literate, while literacy rate among Chepang women is only 1 percent (Educate Chepang Initiative). School enrollment ratio of school going children is still very low and dropout rates are also very high.

 2.Women’s Marginalitation.

Makaising is 10 km up the hills from the main road in Nepal that connects the two most important tourist sites: Pokhara and Kathmandu.
Despite its location close to a critical communication road, this community of 106 households, of which 98 are Chepang, lives with its back to development tourist, with customs and beliefs that oppress the weakest in an archaic rural environment, lacking fundamental human rights.
Discrimination and violent culture against women in Nepal, especially in these rural areas, manifests itself very young. The situation worsens due to their illiteracy, minimal access to education, discrimination at work, and lack of support and aid systems.
Chepang women and girls of Makaising are exclusively engaged in domestic chores with no opinion on family matters. They depended on men, fathers and husbands, suffering all kinds of abuse. Still, the truth is that they prefer to stay in this relationship because they fear being homeless and in poverty.

 School enrollment ratio of school going children is still very low and dropout rates are also very high.

After the earthquake. A Temporary School

Post- quake report in education sector:
According to the Ministry of Education Assessment Report, 2015, about 89% of schools in 23 of the earthquake affected districts were damaged or completely destroyed. The impact was way higher in the community schools than in the private sector. In Gorkha district alone it is reported that 90% of the schools have collapsed or had severe damage.
As a result of the earthquake, the little infrastructure the Shree Prajasbasti School was brought to the ground. The school has managed to salvage the school benches but everything else has been lost. The community did understand that education for their children was important and  have cleared out the school premises and have built a temporary shelter with metal sheets for classes one to four while the little children in ECD   studied under a tent.

 School enrollment ratio of school going children is still very low and dropout rates are also very high.

Plan For A Permanent School And The Additional Work

Providing And Supporting School Infrastructures Devastated By 25th April Nepal Earthquake

Karunamaya Foundation Nepal has contacted the School Management Committee of Shree Prajawasti Primary School and accorded to help the latter with the construction of a permanent school to replace the temporary one.  The plans have been demanded to the Department of  Engineering of Kathmandu University.
At Gorkha we aim for “A Beautiful Dream”- Along with the reconstruction of Shree Prajabasti Primary School we look towards developing it as a model school where children from other communities will also enroll. The other purpose is to encompass the development of this Chepang community.
   The construction of the Shree Prasjabati  School at Makaising- 3, Bardada Gorkha, started on January 6th 2016. The construction phase was  completed with 4 classrooms for classes 1 to 4,  student toilets, staff toilets, 1 building with office, library and lab, water tanks and a  playground.  Though there were different challenges and obstacles on the way during the construction period. Children  attended to school without being finished.
The School also required some additional works besides the construction of the building. Additional works such as construction of fence, front door,  urinal and shower, retaining wall, , and though we have had some land slides  we made   gavion walls with three files that has encreased enormously our budget.
First Phase Project 50.482€.............................................Progress0%
Additional Project 36.025€....................................................Progress0%
Water supply 28.000€....funded from Nepal Government 8.000€0%

Drinking Water

May 2017. Water is succesfully brought to the school premises and other near small villages, contributing to better both personal hygien and health care.

Daily Meal

August 2017. This is a most significant improvement, contributing to increase the number of children coming to the school. Many of those children spent over two hours to reach the school.

Furniture and school materials

Many desks from the old school were recycled, other pieces of furniture are acquired to complete the needs of the five classrooms  and other uses.

Students 

 

Teaching  Staff Training

The lack of adequately trained teaching staff is one of the Nepalese education siystem worst handicaps. We have reinfoced the teachers ́headcount with two additional local professionals, and they are given intensive trainning courses twice a year . As well, updating teaching techniques seminars for all the staff is lead by our volunteers.

Scholarship Program

We offered scholarships for highflying students and for those with severe both family and financial difficulties which could stop them of continuing with either secondary and further technical education. Those children covered by this scholarship program are very carefully selected and monitored during the given period of financial help.

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