Building a Better Future – Five Years after the Nepal Earthquake

Video | 24 April 2020

Build Back Better has been the foundation of ADB’s reconstruction support to Nepal after the devastating earthquake of 25 April 2015. 

ADB supported the social and economic rehabilitation of communities affected by the disaster, construction of resilient schools, and preparedness against future disasters. The newly constructed schools are not only earthquake resilient, but also provide a safe learning environment for children with improved facilities and systems. 

More than 60,000 students are now learning in resilient and safe schools and are better prepared for future disasters.

Transcript

 
Build Back Better has been the foundation of ADB’s reconstruction support to the Government of Nepal after the devastating Nepal earthquake of 25 April 2015.  
 
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake affected millions of people, 
damaged or destroyed around 8,000 schools, and disrupted the education of nearly 1.5 million students.  
 
At that time, it seemed like we would never recover from this disaster. 
 
ADB supported the social and economic rehabilitation of communities affected by the disaster, construction of resilient schools and preparedness against future disasters.  
 
We were concerned that a generation of students would drop out of school. 
We set the target to complete reconstruction of schools within 15 months, primary schools first, and then we went on to construct larger schools.  
Meanwhile, we built temporary pre-fab structures to facilitate learning. 
 
ADB, with cofinancing from USAID and Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, has reconstructed 162 schools in 14 affected districts.  
The newly constructed schools are not only earthquake resilient but also provide a safe learning environment for children with improved facilities and systems. 
 
I am very happy that the new building has many facilities for the students.   
 
Along with the construction of this disabled-friendly school building , a hostel, and drinking water facilities, ADB has also provided equipment for science and computer labs.  
With this support from the government and ADB,  we are confident that we can be a model school for others to follow. . 
 
The newly built hostel in the school has made it easier for girls who come from remote areas to access learning in a safe environment.   
 
This hostel has made it possible for me to continue my studies.  I can also spend time with my friends. We also have internet facilities for research. 
 
Children and teachers have also received disaster preparedness training.   
Now, they are able to share that knowledge with their families and community members.  
 
We periodically conduct emergency drills in the school during assembly.  
We have formed a School Disaster Management Committee, and we have stored emergency relief materials. Thousands of people can take shelter in our school during a disaster. 
  
We are very satisfied to see happiness in the eyes of members of school management committees, parents and children, who have now opportunity to go and learn in a better and safer environment. 
 
More than  60,000 students are now learning in resilient and safe schools and are better prepared for future disasters.