Education stops for 1 million children in Nepal

UNICEF reports around 1 million children can not return to school destroyed in strong earthquake

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Education became out of reach for nearly 1 million children in Nepal after devastating earthquake destroyed their schools, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported on Thursday.

"Almost 1 million children who were enrolled in school before the earthquake could now find they have no school building to return to," UNICEF's Nepal envoy Tomoo Hozumi said.

About 24,000 classrooms were collapsed or damaged by 7.8 magnitude earthquake which killed more than 7,000 people, according to UNICEF.

"Children affected by the earthquake need urgent life-saving assistance like clean water and shelter, but schools in emergencies – even in a temporary setup – play a vital role too," Hozumi said.

It is estimated that almost 90 percent of the school buildings have been demolished in Gorkha, Sindhupalchok and Nuwakot as 80 percent of the schools have been destroyed in Dhading.

Nearly nine out of every 10 surviving school buildings have been used as emergency shelters in  Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.

"There is a desperate need to set up alternative learning spaces, assess and repair buildings, and mount a public awareness campaign encouraging families to send their children back to school and preschool," said Hozumi. 

The UN plans to provide children education with child friendly temporary learning spaces.

UNICEF also launched a $50-million appeal as a humanitarian aid for the country over the next three months.

TRTWorld and agencies