As part of providing children with education and protection during emergency, a core mandate of Save the Children, the organization is setting up Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) in Surkhet and Banke districts and Child Friendly Safe Spaces in the two districts as well as in Bardiya.
“Department of Education recognizes the contributions to the relief operations in flood affected schools, communities for addressing immediate needs of children affected by natural calamities. We highly appreciate the support offer for education of children in emergency. The collaboration between the Department of Education, Royal Norwegian embassy in Nepal and Save the Children is an example of need based approach serving children who are in crisis.” said Dr. Lava Dev Awasthi, Director General, Department of Education.
With 180 schools and 100 Early Learning Centers either damaged or completely destroyed, children have been either forced to lose out on the education calendar or placed them at risk of discontinuing going to school. The education and protection initiative for the next six months will include school materials and book distribution for children, renovation of schools, and psychosocial counseling and support and disaster risk reduction awareness for children.
"Education is a prioritized sector for Norway’s development cooperation in Nepal. The right to education applies to all children. Continuation of education in times of emergency and natural disaster can save lives and contribute to build resilience in the affected communities" said Ambassador Kjell Tormod Pettersen, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu.
Six thousand one hundred primary school children will benefit from post emergency support for education. Fifteen TLCs will be set up until a permanent solution is found. Similarly 200 under five children will be going to 20 ECDs and Child Friendly Safe Spaces through Save the Children's post disaster care and support for children.
"With a dual mandate for development and humanitarian response around the world, Save the Children has been working from the start, providing relief and emergency supplies in Surkhet, Banke and Bardiya. In the immediate post disaster situation, we believe education must continue and a safe and protective environment must be created for children to overcome the trauma caused by loss and destruction," said Jagat Khadka, Acting Country Director, Save the Children
Save the Children has worked in Nepal for over 35 years and delivers humanitarian relief after disasters like earthquake and flood with a focus on providing care and support to children.