When child friendly facilities are developed in the school, the children love to go to school. Considering this aspect, separate child friendly hand washing station and drinking water station were constructed at Shree Shikshya Vikash Secondary School, Letang, Morang (in east Nepal). These facilities benefitted 655 students (305 boys and 350 girls).
Water tank containing treated drinking water was connected to the drinking water station through a separate plumbing-piping system. The height of tap at the drinking water station was kept at different levels for easy reach of students of lower class.
School teacher Mr. Devi Prasad thanked ECCA and the donor agency for the support, and shared that the students were very excited to use such child friendly facilities.
The present COVID-19 pandemic has affected the regular studies of many children. Though online classes are held in the city, such facility is not available in rural areas (due to unavailability of internet access and poor economic condition of the family). In these rural areas, physical presence class is the only option.
ECCA supported Deurali Secondary School, Thani Basic School, Sitadevi Secondary School and Ram Secondary School located in the rural villages of Dhankuta district (in eastern Nepal) with COVID-19 prevention materials. All together 500 liters of chlorine solution (a disinfectant, branded as WATASOL), 600 face masks (washable), 4 boxes gloves, 300 hand washing soaps and 4 spray bottles were equally distributed to these four schools. This has helped the schools to open, making it possible for students to come and study.
Mr. Purna, teacher of Deurali Secondary School shared, “The support received from ECCA will contribute to avoid students' and school staffs’ exposure to COVID-19 infection. Due to shortage of fund and such materials, we were facing difficulty. We can now continue disinfection as well as practice personal hygiene and operate regular class. Thank you so much, ECCA, for considering our request.”
ECCA supported 20 needy students from Thani Basic School located in the outskirts of Dhankuta District (eastern Nepal) with stationery items, which comprised of copies, pens, pencils, erasers and sharpener. These materials were handed over to the school Child Club and were distributed to the students by organizing a small event.
Ms. Rasaili, teacher at Thani Basic School, said, “this area is backward in terms of education and facilities. Thus, the student support program of ECCA is very effective. We are very thankful to get stationeries, which will help our children to continue their education. We look forward for more assistance in the future.”
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, Government of Nepal announced various restrictions (including nation-wide lockdown) from beginning of March 2020, most of which were lifted from mid June 2020 considering the need to revitalize the economy. However, the COVID-19 infections are increasing. The schools are one of the most affected sectors.
Using the Swiss WATA technology, ECCA is locally producing active chlorine solution of 6 gm/liter concentration (sodium hypochlorite, branded as WATASOL), which is a highly efficient disinfectant against COVID-19.
WATASOL was provided to the schools in jerry can, for sanitizing the school premises / classrooms. Spray bottle was also provided, in which diluted WATASOL is filled and sprayed (to clean desk, bench, chair, table, staircase hand railing, etc.) making it easy to wipe. This has helped the schools to open, making it possible for students to come and study.
ECCA improvised the common game materials of Nepalese children with the messages on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), specifically for the purpose of educating children on WASH and motivating self-learning through entertainment.
A set game materials (dice and snake & ladder) was distributed to Gogandanda Primary School and Jagriti Primary School located in Tamakoshi Rural Municipality (around 150 km north of Kathmandu in Dolakha district in central Nepal). The teachers and students were also oriented on how to play these game materials. They played these game materials during orientation to understand the concept of WASH and they found the games interesting and knowledgeable.
The students thanked for the support and shared “We never had any game material in our school earlier. Now, we can play these games during our leisure time”. Because of the availability of the game materials, the students love to go to school.
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