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■ The Joy of studying in a classroom - Pakistan School rebuilding project (Part 2)  (2013/06/17)

Supported by the grant assistance for Japanese NGO projects, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan


The other day, we visited a high school for boys under reconstruction in Nawazabad village. After the earthquake, some temporary classrooms were built on this school site, but these cannot accommodate all the students from the village. Now some students have to take classes under a tent outside.

When we asked them if they have any problems studying in the temporary classrooms, they said “it is too hot in summer and too cold in winter,” “it is hard to focus on the class when we are outside” and “there is no science room here.”

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Students in the tent
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Dominique Léguillier (3rd from right), Executive Director of KnK Japan, and Javed Iqbal, Executive Director of FWA (2nd from right) on a visit to school site


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Since a new school is built with thicker bricks and with a fan attached to each ceiling, it will be more comfortable, not too cold and not too hot, for the students in the classrooms. And thanks to FWA engineers, the school is designed to maintain high earthquake-resistance and there will be a science room as well.

It is surely a great joy for the students to be able to spend their school time in a comfortable and safe room, especially when most of them take more than 1 hour to commute from their houses to school all along the mountain road.

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The ruins of the school have been there more than 7 years since the earthquake.

It is reported that more than half of the population in Pakistan live on less than $2 USD a day, which is defined as under the poverty level (Asian Development Bank report of 2011). At the same time, they are reported to have the potential to achieve high economic growth due to a high youth population and future work force and being driven by the economic development of neighboring countries.

KnK Japan will continue to cooperation with FWA to implement educational support projects so that education becomes a driving force for the youth in Pakistan to make their dream come true.

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A completed school

(To read the part 1)

* This school construction project in Pakistan is made possible by the contributions of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects” and individual supporters in Japan.

Reported by Akinori Kumamoto
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