" In 2005 earthquake, Gandhian high school was severely damaged as the building was quite old. The education department demolished the school as it was unfit for students to study in the building. Therefore students were using tents as class rooms. The situation resulted in decrease in the enrollment over the years. FRD with the support of UNHCR reconstructed school. The interventions encouraged teachers and students and developed their interest in the education and improved the overall enrollment."
“I don’t have words to thank FRD and UNHCR for the tremendous job they have done to put the students back in the secure class rooms after ten years of studying in the tents. FRD also provided a platform for local community, PTA and Village Organization to be involved in the school reconstruction activities. The awareness raising and capacity building sessions will mobilize all the community and will contribute positively in the long run towards development process” Principal of Govt. high School Gandhian
Government High school Gandian is situated in the center of the village Gandian in union council Inayatabad. It is approximately 9km away from District Mansehra on Karakorum highway. The total population of the village is around 12000 including around 15% of refugee population. Literacy rate of the local community is quite well as compared to the Refugee community. Gandhian high school is the biggest school in the area and students not only from the village comes here to study but it also attracts from around 12 nearby villages and helmets as there is no other high school for boys in the radius of 4 km.
In 2005 earthquake, Gandhian high school was severely damaged as the building was quite old. The education department demolished the school as it was unfit for students to study in the building. The school was added to the planning of Earth quake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (ERRA) for reconstruction in 2007 but due to unknown reasons the reconstruction stopped after completion of 2 rooms and one veranda, Ever since there had been no reconstruction work at the school either by ERRA of any other govt. agency. In 2010 due to monsoon floods in Pakistan all humanitarian organizations’ assistance focus was shifted to flood affected areas and thus the reconstruction of the school went unnoticed. During all these the students were using tents as class rooms. It was very difficult to concentrate on their studies while facing the scorching heat, freezing cold and the heavy rains of the seasons in the tents. The situation resulted in decrease in the enrollment over the years. According to one of the student the school Mr.Ishfaq “From many years we are facing this problem, it was very hard to cope with harsh weather conditions and it was affecting our studies badly as we were unable to concentrate on our academic activities” .
In early 2014, Foundation for Rural Development conducted a survey for the needs assessment of the refugee hosting areas of the district. The team visited the village, and met the school management. The team was informed about the challenges the teachers and students are facing. The team straight away recommended the school for reconstruction and later on the school was proposed for reconstruction under the RAHA call for proposal. After the approval of the project FRD with the support of UNHCR started construction of Gandhian high school for boys. Along with construction work FRD organized PTA and village organization and held regular meetings for the sustainability of work.
In addition to that FRD arranged hygiene walks for hygiene awareness, carried out hygiene awareness sessions’ inside the school and involved the students in the campaigns. The interventions encouraged teachers and students and developed their interest in the education and had positive impact on the overall enrollment and hygiene.
According to School teacher Mr.Iqbal, “absence of proper building badly affected the quality of education at the school and the teachers are not able to deliver to the best of our abilities. We surrendered to the circumstances and were hopeless for any help when FRD came from the unknown and gave us new hope”
This is all due to FRD’s commitment and UNHCR’s support, Thank you FRD and UNHCR!”