A large number of children in Rolpa district have been found to have been deprived of going to school after being unable to manage the required stationeries.
Rolpa is home to a large number of children orphaned by the armed conflict. And with nobody to look after them, the children are forced to remain out of school in absence of stationeries and guardianship.
In order to make their ends meet, the children are also forced to work as labourers.
Though the government has enforced free education up to the secondary level, the children have nobody to register them in the schools and to buy stationeries for them. They also cannot afford the school uniform.
In this backdrop, ASTHA Nepal, a local NGO has distributed educational materials to the conflict-affected children in 10 VDCs of Rolpa.
A total of 200 children received the education materials from the NGO, supported by the European Union.
Sita Pun, a Grade 3 student at the Gurudoya Lower Secondary School, Dhawang was elated after receiving the education materials.
Also showing with happiness the note book, pen, bag and school uniform he received was Raj Kumar BK, a student of Bageswari Lower Secondary School in Sallibot.
Speaking at the program, Chief District Officer, Hari Prasad Bastola accepted that the education of conflict-affected children in the district had been affected, and urged the NGO to expand its program to all the 51 VDCs in the district.
In Parbat, Students of a dozen southern Parbat VDCs no longer have to go outside to purse college level study.
Pyau Multiple Campus has been established at Triveni VDC by local people and Nirmal Janasewa Higher Secondary School. The school has provided its 12-room building to the campus free of cost until it gets its own building. Classes of the campus are held in morning and during time day time, the school conducts its own classes.
The campus is the only centre for higher education of nearly a dozen Parbat VDCs as well as of students from Syangja. Nearly 150 students are currently studying there. The school is preparing to gift eight ropani of land to the school.
Campus chief Yek Narayan Bhusal said preparation to construct a 25-room building was underway.
(Source: The Rising Nepal: Published in The Rising Nepal: News by Rola Correpondent of The Rising Nepal)