MoE commencing school reconstruction today



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Government of Nepal, Ministry of Education is commencing school reconstruction today amid a function at Shree Kalidevi Higher Secondary School, Pyutar, Lalitpur. This emergency school reconstruction project is funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).The project aims to rebuild and retrofit schools and related facilities in the earthquake-affected districts

The ceremony will be jointly inaugurated by MoE Secretary Bishwa Prakash Pandit, National Reconstruction Authority expert Hari Ram Parajuli and JICA vice-president Hidetoshi Irigaki.

The estimated cost of the project is 16,522 million Japanese yen (approximately 132 million USD), of which JICA will finance 14,000 million Japanese yen (approximately 115.3 million USD).

According to the Post Disaster Need Assessment report,the April earthquakes had affected nearly 7,000 schools, The project will cover 14 districts which are badly hit by the earthquake, in collaboration with Asian Development Bank. JICA will cover Lalitpur, Dhading, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Gorkha and Makwanpur.

For the 1st batch, of the 120 schools assessed, 84 schools have been identified for reconstruction in six districts.

In Lalitpur, five schools have been selected for 1st batch reconstruction by the Project Implementation Unit under the Ministry of Education.

PIU is recruiting international consulting firm for 2nd and 3rd batch school reconstruction that will focus on higher secondary level schools. Detail assessment for 2nd and 3rd batches will start from next fiscal year, they informed.