Kedar Acharya

Makawanpur, January 1

Flood victims in Makawanpur have established a school for their children at a camp at Ramantar. The school named Flood Victims’ Primary School and established by the Flood Victims’ Coordination Committee has a capacity of accommodating some 300 students.

They have already prepared a school building under the leadership of Tanka Moktan of Bharta VDC, said Sonamshree Lama of the FVCC.

Hari Chandra Saha of the school construction sub-committee said the school would soon start classes as a branch of a registered school. He added some persons have promised to teach in the school as volunteers for some time. “At present, the FVCC will bear the stationery expenses but we will have to seek donors for the long term,” Saha said. The FVCC secretary Singram Rumba said although there are only 292 children of school-going age in the camp, the number of students could go up as the school would attract children currently staying with their relatives.

Rumba added the school would also provide informal education for adults and children.

The people displaced by this year’s flood have started constructing concrete buildings in the encroached land in the nearby forest of Ramantar and at the banks of Bijauna River of Manhari VDC after no help came from the government. The flood victims say that they would not stop constructing buildings and that they would manage drinking water and they would not leave Ramantar despite District Forest Office’s repeated warning against encroaching forest land for residential purpose.