EF Global Classroom Foundation – Nepal

May 2017

April 25th marked the two-year anniversary of the massive earthquake that devastated central Nepal in 2015, resulting in great desolation and damage. Prior to the earthquake, Nepal ranked 145th out of 187 countries on the United Nation’s Human Development Index, earning it the unenviable status of “least developed country.” Burdened with this level of socioeconomic vulnerability even before the country’s worst natural disaster in 80 years, it is understandable Nepal is making very slow advances in a their long recovery process.

In addition to the widespread damage and devastating loss - a large number of schools in Nepal have been severely affected by the natural disaster and the aftermath thereof. Shortly after the earthquake, Education First decided to embark on a major initiative under the Global Classroom to assist in the long-term recovery of Nepal, and thus committed to building a new elementary school in one of the areas most affected by the earthquake. After months of scouting locations, the team decided to rebuild a mountainside school in a remote village - Shree Jalapa Devi Higher Secondary School in the Sindhupalchok District.

" When completed, the eagerly-awaited campus will have enough space for 1,200 students and teachers: one main building of 12 standard classrooms, and one functional teaching building that will include classrooms, dining rooms, reading rooms, science laboratories and offices."

September 28th, 2016 marked the official groundbreaking and the culmination of months of hard work by not just the EF Nepal team, but also by their team of partners. With their help, the project will raise two new buildings on the original site and transform Jalapa Devi HSS into the largest school in the district. When completed, the eagerly-awaited campus will have enough space for 1,200 students and teachers: one main building of 12 standard classrooms, and one functional teaching building that will include classrooms, dining rooms, reading rooms, science laboratories and offices.

While the rebuilding process is off to a strong start, school is still in session. Over 20 teachers and 665 enrolled students attend Jalapa Devi in temporary classrooms. From local teachers who have been at Jalapa Devi for decades to volunteer teachers who have answered the call for help, everyone at Jalapa Devi has come together to support the children and create better educational opportunities for those who need it most.

More information: https://www.ef.com/blog/globalclassroom/