Preparations Underway to Resume School Operations in Quake-Affected Areas

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Following the devastating earthquake that struck Jajarkot in Nepal, local communities in Jajarkot have been working tirelessly to reconstruct temporary structures in schools that were damaged or destroyed. The aim is to resume educational activities as soon as possible and minimize the disruption caused by the disaster.

Teaching and learning activities are expected to resume in the earthquake-affected public and private schools after the upcoming festivals. While the earthquake has had a significant impact on school operations in Rukum (West) and Jajarkot districts, construction of temporary structures is underway to facilitate the resumption of classes.

Several schools in the district are preparing to reopen their doors today, November 21, while others are still in the process of building temporary huts to accommodate students and teachers.

According to the Karnali Province government’s Ministry of Social Development, teaching and learning activities will begin in Nalgad Municipality, the hardest-hit area in Jajarkot district, from Tuesday onward.

The earthquake affected a total of 58 schools in Nalgad Municipality, with 128 classrooms completely destroyed, as shared by acting Chief Administrative Officer Balbir BK. He further stated that teaching and learning activities will resume in partially damaged schools starting from tomorrow.

Headteachers have issued notices urging all teachers to attend schools to prepare for the resumption of curricular activities.

Pancha Bhayar Secondary School’s head teacher, Narendra KC, confirmed that teaching activities will continue in temporary tents that have been erected. He encouraged teachers and students to attend school, emphasizing that learning will recommence in schools that were not damaged by the earthquake from tomorrow onward.

KC also acknowledged that it may take some time to fully restore smooth operations in schools affected by the earthquake, as preparations are still underway to establish learning centers in these areas.

Chief of the Social Development Office in Jajarkot, Yagya Bahadur Khatri, affirmed that efforts are being made to resume teaching and learning activities in all earthquake-affected schools. The dedication and resilience of local communities in Jajarkot are evident in their efforts to minimize the disruption caused by the earthquake and prioritize the education of their children.

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