Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal by 2020

Building Back Better and Safer School: Plan Nepal and NSET working with Public Schools under DFAT supported program

Under the program 'Building Back Better and Safer School for Nepal', Plan Nepal and NSET have been working for the construction of 12 Public School buildings in 6 districts; Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Sindhuli, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha and Makawanpur with the financial support from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Out of those 12 school buildings being constructed, 5 schools are Integrated Resource Schools which include disability considerations for children with hearing impairments and mental disabilities.

Within the consortium, Plan Nepal is playing lead role in implementation, community and school outreach; whereas NSET has been providing technical assistance, monitoring, training and support. Under the program, various awareness raising and capacity building activities have been conducted so far. 7-Day Earthquake Resistant Building Construction Training conducted for the groups of masons from project school areas in Dolakha, Makawanpur, Sindhuli and Sindhupalchowk. The purpose of the training program was to enhance knowledge and skill of practicing masons on theoretical and practical aspects of earthquake resistant construction of buildings.

Also, Government of Nepal, Ministry of Education, and Central Level Project Implementation Unit (CLPIU) organized a 5-Day Basic Technical Training on Earthquake Resistant Building Construction with the support from DFAT and Plan Nepal. The training participants were engineers and sub-engineers currently working under District Education Offices/District Level Project Implementation Unit (DLPIU) of 18 earthquake affected districts.

The consortium program also incorporates training for School Management Committees and students on inclusiveness, Disaster Risk Reduction, psycho social behavior change, life skills including peer learning and conduction of evacuation drills periodically.

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