A handover ceremony of the reconstructed Namuna Machhindra Secondary School was held in Lagankhel today.

The school was severely damaged in the 2015 earthquake, but it has now been reconstructed under the Emergency School Reconstruction Project, which is a Japan assisted programme for reconstructing 274 schools by November 2022.

The handover ceremony took place in the presence of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba; Minister of Energy, Water Resource and Irrigation Pampha Bhusal, Chief Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi, Mayor of Lalitpur Metropolitan City Chiri Babu Maharjan, Chief Representative of JICA Yumiko Asakuma, and officials from the National Reconstruction Authority.

On behalf of the Government of Japan and JICA, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, Kikuta Yutaka sent his congratulatory message to the Government of Nepal and all the people, who have made contributions under the ESRP, in particular, the team of Namuna Machhindra Secondary School. The ambassador pointed out that this school had a facility for visually impaired students,and has now been reconstructed as a 'Child, Gender and Disabled-friendly school,' equipped with facilities such as reduced steps, Braille blocks and handrails.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 16 2021, of The Himalayan Times.