Finished block at Jal Devi School

Jal Devi Secondary School in Hagam

Jal Devi Secondary School is located in Yanglakot, Hagam- 7 of Sindhupalchok. The school is conducting classes up to grade 10 with 535 students. Unfortunately, the massive earthquake of 25th April 2015 turned almost all the classrooms of the school into rubble except one, which is also cracked baldly.

Destroyed classroom

Destroyed classroom

Therefore to resume school after the earthquake, PHASE Nepal provided 8 tents (donated by Caritas Germany) in the ratio of 30 students per tent to run temporary learning centres. On 30th August 2015, a team from PHASE Nepal went to the school to monitor the effectiveness of temporary learning center in tents but we found the tents have started ripping off and it was too hot inside the tent in day time. The school was found to be in dire need of alternative long or medium term transitional learning centres along with the furniture.

Tents as temporary classrooms

Tents as temporary classrooms

PHASE Nepal started supporting Jal Devi Secondary school in 2006 by providing additional teachers and supporting the community to relocate the school and build new infrastructure, enabling the establishment of grades 9 and 10. One block of 3 classrooms was built entirely by PHASE, with financing from PHASE Austria and with earthquake resilient design. An additional 4 blocks were built by the government, after PHASE supported villagers to lobby with the district education authority. The government teachers of the school received extra training and support and the infrastructure of the school was improved. Unfortunately, the school was one of the 546 schools that got destroyed in Sindhupalchok by the earthquakes last year.

Funded by UNHCR staff fund, PHASE Nepal started rebuilding 2 blocks (4 classrooms) in February 2016. The construction was completed in May 2016 and is the first step in complete rebuilding of the Jal Devi School. PHASE Nepal is planning to rebuild the remaining blocks of Jal Devi Secondary School with funding from different donors.

For reconstruction of the blocks, PHASE Nepal was working closely together with the school management committee (SMC) and local community who were providing labourers to build the school. PHASE Nepal provided technical assistance and was responsible for the procurement and transportation of materials to the building site. SMC of the school, in cooperation with the local community, provided labour and local materials. Both parties experienced this as a good and effective way of working.

Main challenges that were faced during the project, were delay in procurement of materials, delay in transport of materials and lack of skilled labourers. Moreover, additional works identified later during the construction, were the main challenges increasing cost of rebuilding significantly. Foundation and roof had to be replaced in addition of what was planned since the old foundation was very weak and the CGI sheets had number of holes which were not possible to seal. Wall plaster, painting was added later for better outlook. Also the false ceiling that was felt necessary to prevent noise of the roof during rain and prevent excess heat and cold in the class room, was added later on for finishing of the classrooms. Despite these challenges, PHASE Nepal managed to complete the buildings in the foreseen time. We would like to thank the staff of UNHCR for contribution to the rebuilding of Jal Devi Secondary School!

Inside new classroom

Inside new classroom