Over a month after Nepal was hit by two devastating earthquakes with the magnitude measuring as high as 7.8, many schools have reopened.
Schools reopen after earthquake horror
By the order of the country’s ministry of education, some of the schools are using bamboo-made classrooms.
By the order of the country’s ministry of education, some of the schools are using bamboo-made classrooms, because most school buildings are damaged or unsafe.
The two major earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 killed more than 8,000 people and injured at least 20,000 people the poor nation.
Government inspectors who were sent to the schools gave green stickers for safe buildings or red stickers for damaged ones.
Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett, reporting from the Patan Higher Secondary School in Lalitpur, near Kathmandu, said that the main building has been badly cracked by the earthquakes.
“It has a red sticker on it, meaning it will be taken down in the next few weeks. They have constructed a number of bamboo classrooms in the grounds, with the help of UNICEF and a local NGO,” he said.
He added that there is a sense that the schoolchildren are “happy to be back at the school, despite what they’ve gone through”.
The head of the school, Iswor Man Bajracharyan, said; “today we are feeling very good because all the students have come back to school playing games and singing songs.”
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