Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Disabled- friendly school building inaugurated and handed over to Khagendra Nava Jeevan School, Kathmandu

A newly constructed disabled- friendly school building has been inaugurated and handed over to Khagendra Nava Jeevan Special Education Secondary School, Narayantar, Gokarneshwor Municipality amid a ceremony held on 11th March 2019. The school building was damaged during the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake. 

Chief Guest of the ceremony Hon. Mr. Krishna Bahadur Rai, Member of Federal Parliament appreciated the efforts of all stakeholders to accomplish this task. Hon. Rai remarked, “this school has been a model for us to learn how we can consider disability issues and help make special education process run smoothly”, and also emphasized the need to make all schools safe from all types of hazards.

Addressing the ceremony, Special Guest Mr. Santosh Chalise, Mayor of Gokarneshwor Municipality highlighted the importance of this type of school specifically focusing on students with a physical disability. Mayor Chalise also encouraged the stakeholders of the school to work towards the improvement of the school further and provide maximum service from their side.

Dr. Narayan Marasini, Director, NSET focused on the importance of collective works from the local level and the importance of creating an environment for disabled- friendly facilities. He also highlighted the need of disabled- friendly infrastructures in the cities to make access for children with disability to school.  He suggested local government to consider disabled- friendly infrastructures on their development plan.  He further added, "Schools are a medium to reach into the wider community, NSET will use skills and knowledge to work together with the schools and communities nearby for disaster risk reduction and will continue supporting the schools with or without a formal project in their capacity."

In the ceremony, National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET) was awarded Certificate of Appreciation. NSET had provided technical assistance for design and construction supervision of school under Australian Aid funded NSET- Plan consortium project 'Building Back Safer Schools for All' . A total of 12 School buildings were constructed under the project in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Sindhuli, Sindhupalchwok, Dolakha and Makwanpur district.

An RC framed building with 10 rooms has been built with technical support from NSET and financial support from Plan International Nepal and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia (DFAT). Separate toilets for male and female students was constructed under the project.  In the event, another newly constructed building of the school was also inaugurated built with both financial and technical support from District Level Project Implementation Unit (DLPIU) under National Reconstruction Authority (NRA).

As the majority of the students have some sort of physical disability, the school building has been made disabled- friendly with the provision of ramp, verandah with disabled- friendly concrete tiles, and disabled- friendly commode in toilets. The overall construction works was carried out by School Management Committee under the construction supervision of NSET. 


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