Just the Facts...
Status: Complete

School: Shree Ranadevi Primary School

Country: Nepal

District: Dhading

Province: Bagmati

Village: Sankosh

Donor: The Joesph Family

Partner: Room to Read

Year: 2011

Grades: K through 5

Students: 150

Shree Ranadevi Primary School established July 3, 2011


Students in Class

Sankosh VDC Community Profile

Shree Ranadevi Primary School is situated in Sankosh VDC, Dhading District. A central mid-hill district that lies west of Kathmandu, Dhading District stretches north to the Tibetan border and encompasses subtropical, temperate, and alpine climates. The region is culturally diverse, with Hindus populating the lower regions and a great variety of ethnic groups, including Tamangs, residing at higher altitudes. Most people in the village rely on agriculture to sustain their livelihoods, though some earn a living crushing stones.

The population of the area is 550. The typical household consists of a family ranging in size from five to seven. Generally, houses in urban areas of the region are two to three stories tall and are constructed from brick and cement mortar and roofed with reinforced cement concrete (RCC). Houses located in remote areas are one to two stories tall and constructed from stone and mud mortar, with thatch or corrugated iron sheet roofs.

Why a new school block?

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Shree Ranadevi Primary School was first established in 1992. The school currently consists of two buildings comprising a total of nine rooms. Of these, seven are used as classrooms, one serves as an office and one is used as a library. One of the existing buildings, consisting of seven rooms, is extremely unsuitable to hold classes in due to a leaky roof, cracked walls, and inadequate space. The remaining buildings are in satisfactory condition.

Opportunity for All and Room to Read is constructing two new buildings comprising a total of four rooms to provide additional needed classrooms to the school; no existing buildings will be demolished. The students will continue to attend class in their old classrooms until the new buildings are complete.

The finished school

The two newly constructed single-story buildings comprise a total of four rooms. All four rooms are used as classrooms. These rooms are adequately ventilated and well lit by ample natural light. The newly constructed classrooms can accommodate 46 students in each classroom very comfortably. The internal and external walls of the school building have been plastered and painted.
The school also has a six-room toilet facility, sufficient for students and teachers, that includes four pans and two urinal units with a good water supply.

The new building is great. The rooms are spacious and the students are really loving the new rooms. Even the faculty is on a new drive after the establishment of the new building.
Headmaster Bishnu Prasad Sapkota
This classroom is way better than what we had. The old rooms used to leak when it rained and sometimes the wind blew away the roofs. We had to stop our classes then. Now, all that is the thing of the past. We are excited about it.
fifth grader Shailendra Magar