Help to reopen Chepang Pragati primary school safely during COVID   |   Maisirang, Makwanpur

We are writing to ask your support to reopen Chepang Pragati primary school at Maisirang, Raksirang-8, Makwanpur, Nepal. Just a small contribution of few dollars can help us bring about 100 students back to school ensuring health security during Covid-19 crisis.

Nepal Government announced classes would be conducted through ‘alternative’ systems but It is very difficult in  rural Nepal to provide the opportunity for online education, and students are at home   Your donation will go toward providing each and every Chepang students of Chepang Pragati primary school  with drinking water and hand washing facilities  in order to bring them back to school safely and protect them from COVID -19 spread.

Raksirang Municipality is situated between latitude of 27°32’53.19”NL between longitude of 84°50’39.13”EL bordering Hetauda sub metropolitan and Kailash Rural Municipality in the East, Chitwan District in the West, Manhari Rural Municipality in South, Kailash Rural Municipality and Dhading District in the North.

Chepang Pragati primary school is situated at the Raksirang Rural Municipality one of the rural Municipalities.  Currently 73 students are in the primary school in which 38 are girls and 35 are boys, supported by two teachers. School was established more than a decade ago during Nepali year 2066 BS (2009 AD).

Majority of the inhabitants are Chepangs (popularly known as Praja) in the Raksirang Rural Municipality, a highly marginalized Indigenous nationalities of Nepal having separate civilization and culture. Chepang’s lifestyle, custom and values are quite unique.  It’s already been eight months that this school is closed,  we decided to resume classes following discussion with stakeholders after the municipality’s education committee floated a school operation procedure,” said Mayor Raj Kumar Mall of Raksiran Rural municipality.   Ram Krishan Praja a ward* chairperson added that “ We are  going to reopen school  from 2nd week of December and provide drinking water and hand washing facilities to all school children and teachers.”

Children who are in general good health are suppose to wash their hands regularly.  This provides source control, meaning it keeps the virus from being transmitted to others if they are infected and are not aware that they are infected.   Children have a greater number of contacts in school and in public areas. Parents and teachers should take the time to teach their children that along with wearing a face mask and physical distancing,  hand washing can help protect everyone and is a way to show kindness and caring.   As a result, this intervention by MAMI foundation together with other stakeholders and donors like you to provide  hand washing facilities will allow school to open after a closure for eight straight months and the students will get back to school and continue their learning. MAMI foundation aims promoting education for sustainable development.


*Ward- A ward is a local authority area and the lowest administrative division, typically used for electoral purposes population ranging from 7000 to 12000