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Wary children return to schools after Nepal earthquake

Reuters – Gopal Sharma

” Thousands of children affected by last month’s earthquake in Nepal returned to schools on Sunday, a working day in the Himalayan nation, five weeks after the disaster killed more than 8,600 people and destroyed many homes. Dressed informally, children clutched their parents’ hands before filing past ruins of collapsed buildings to enter tarpaulin tents and makeshift cottages that will serve as their schools until their old one is re-built. More than 32,000 classrooms were destroyed across Nepal when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck on April 25, affecting almost a third of the 28 million population. A second quake of 7.3 magnitude on May 12 has hampered efforts to rebuild.”(more)

Nepal earthquake: ‘Million children left out of school’

BBC – Hannah Richardson

“Nearly a million children in Nepal will not be able to return to school in the wake of last month’s earthquake unless urgent action is taken, says Unicef. The international charity says nine out of 10 schools have been destroyed in the worst-affected districts. Almost 24,000 classrooms were damaged or destroyed in the disaster that hit the country 12 days ago, it adds. Unicef is attempting to set up temporary learning spaces for children. Currently, all schools are closed in Nepal, although many of those still standing are being used as emergency shelters. They are due to reopen on Friday, 15 May.”(more)

The rise of Chinese in Nepal

Rappler – Pratibha Tuladhar, DPA

““A foreign language is like a window and Chinese-language learning will help bridge the gap between the people of China and Nepal and help young people to further their career,” says Chinese ambassador to Nepal Wu Chuntai of promotional programs.”(more)