July - November 2017
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NEPAL, RAJIPUR CHAUMALA
Nepal, despite having a well-developed school system, faces many problems in the educational sphere: lower-caste discrimination, lack of physical infrastructure, textbooks, a unified national curriculum, monolingual instruction, lack of constructive and critical pedagogical strategies, and more. Furthermore, poverty and social exclusion are major factors contributing to poor educational performance.
About 64% of adults are considered literate in the country. However, many children in remote villages do not have access to education past the primary level. Students often leave primary schools after they learn to read and write but without further education, these skills are easily forgotten. Moreover, the April 2015 earthquake and 2015 blockade destroyed schools and severely impacted the nation’s ability to keep its remaining schools open.
Construction Period: Nov 2019 - Mar 2020
2 classrooms + 2 toilets
In November 2019, a group of Acronis employees went go on a trek to Nepal to start construction of a school building in one of the local villages. Volunteers for the project were chosen for their diverse backgrounds and geographies.
The school the team is helping to build will serve 122 children: 59 boys and 63 girls. The village currently has an old wooden school building but its roof leaks, making studies impossible during monsoon season. Moreover, there are no sanitary facilities in the school and the whole building is no longer safe for use.
The team broke ground and start the construction process which will be completed by the community after their departure. All the travel expenses are paid by Acronis, not taken from their donations.
Despite the COVID-19 situation in 2020 construction work continued and the school opened the new classrooms by the end of the year. The inauguration ceremony is expected to be held in 2021.