Child-friendly classes in storm-hit areas


Bara, May 13: With UNICEF aid, Conservation Nepal has started operating child-friendly classes aiming to mitigate the fear of storm among children in 10 storm-hit areas in Bara.

Classes are being held for children through counselling, sports, music and entertainment to help them heal the pain inflicted by the storm.

Chairman at Conservation Nepal Brija Mohan Kushwaha, said child-friendly classes were being operated at Purainiya, Bhaluhi and Bharbaliya of Pheta Rural Municipality; Mangadawa of Kalaiya Sub-metropolis; Chainpur of Parwanipur Rural Municipality; Khutbajabdi of Prasauni Rural Municipality; Hardiya and Parsurampur of Subarna Rural Municipality, among 10 other places.

Kushwaha said children from storm-affected areas had been enrolled in classes and were taught by displaying cartoons, informative videos through projector and telling stories, among other means that would help them overcome their traumatic experience of the fearful storm. “Child-friendly classes will be operated till mid-July,” he informed. He said 1,000 children from six to 14 years of age were attending classes. Kushwaha added that as many as 20 facilitators had been deployed in the classes.

Almost all children from storm-affected areas have been mentally traumatized.

Lalita Devi of Prasauni Rural Municipality said terror among children had decreased significantly after they attended classes and started learning in the group. Six children had lost their lives and hundreds of them were injured in the devastating storm.