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Nakote Project

Nakote village is a farming community of around 400 inhabitants situated 100 km northeast of the city of Kathmandu in the foothills of the Himalayas. The village consists of just over fifty households and has 1 temple in the middle of the village. They are Buddhist by religion and are indigenous people of the region. It is in this village that, back in 1992, community members showed their progressive character in establishing a school, even though at the time no one in the village had any education. As a result of this most of the parents of the kids in the village are illiterate.

 

Brief Background of Nakote School

Nakote village has a small local primary school which was established in 1992. Unfortunately, a part of the school building collapsed in June 2007 due to a landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains. The incapability of the villagers to gather and advocate for required resources from the government has restricted much-needed development. In view of the schools deteriorating condition, the villagers, last year, planned for a new building. The school has also obtained permission to be run with full stewardship under the community as opposed to being single-handedly run by the district education authority (one of the reasons why there is lack of seriousness in the government run schools). However, advantageous it may be in terms of opportunity to increase the effectiveness of the management and administration side, the responsibility of ensuring the funding for the school remains as huge a challenge as ever.

The school in Nakote has been serving as a centre for primary education for 6 other neighbouring villages. Out of its 85 students, nearly half come from the villages in the surrounding areas having to walk on average for an hour each way to reach the school.

Past state of the project

At present, Shree Pema Choling Lower Secondary School in Nakote village is spread out over 2 old-fashioned and poorly conditioned buildings. There used to be only 4 rooms and now reduced to 3 after one being irreparably affected by a recent monsoon hit. The school runs up to Grade 5 and is progressing into grade 6,7 and 8 onwards next academic session (after April 09). All the classrooms are housed in these buildings. Often two of the classes need to be merged in one class due to the lack of sufficient classrooms. The collapsed room is being replaced by a tarpaulin shed. The community would like to unite the classes 1-8 (as the school will now run) in the new building and thus have to tear down the old building since they are about to fall down sooner or later. The old school is in a very poor condition indeed and has become unfit for modern-day teaching due to its small, dark, humid rooms.

The old building has reached an age/condition where tearing it down is justified even if we only consider matters like security and health. Therefore, we (NEIO) would like to reconstruct a new building by using new construction materials with the combination of locally available natural stone and sand. The new building under a load-bearing structure will not only take modern aspects into account, but will also educate the villager of this new technology. The new building will include larger classrooms allowing a setting in which children can play and discover, more and larger windows allowing more daylight to enter the rooms, a closed off but spacious playground, and toilets adapted to children of preschool age as well to mention few.

The location of the new building ends where the old building starts thus allowing more space for playground, and is situated inside the territory of the village yet away from the houses.

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