Education department ropes in NGO for rebuilding flood-hit schools

The Education department has roped in an NGOs to rebuild the infrastructure in schools hit by the devastating floods in 2014 in the summer capital.
Education department ropes in NGO for rebuilding flood-hit schools
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The Education department has roped in an NGOs to rebuild the infrastructure in schools hit by the devastating floods in 2014 in the summer capital. 

Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) Dr. Shah Faesal inaugurated single storied two school buildings at Rajbagh and Jawahar Nagar built by Mumbai based NGO- Empathy Foundation— which works with local administrative bodies in rural and urban areas to build and improve existing infrastructure of school.

One six roomed school building has been constructed for Government Boys Middle School (GBMS) Rajbagh in which the department has merged Government Middle School Kursoo as well.

Another six roomed building is for Government Boys Higher Secondary School (GBHSS) Jawahar Nagar here.

According to Nausheen- coordinator of the Empathy Foundation for Kashmir, the two single storied school buildings were constructed at the cost of   Rs 1.10 crores. "We demolished the old structures which were declared unsafe after floods and built two buildings for these two schools," Nausheen said.

"Our organization came to know about the devastation caused by the floods in valley and decided to extend their support to education sector here and built these two buildings here," Nausheen said, adding that the contract was given to a local contractor.

The two buildings were thrown open for the school authorities at a time when the education department has only received Rs 5 crores against the estimated cost of Rs 90crore for restoration and renovation of flood-hit schools.

Speaking at the occasion DSEK admitted the failure of the department in renovation and rebuilding the flood-hit schools saying that the project taken up the department is still "in limbo."

"Projects started by our own department are in limbo and we should learn a lesson from the work culture of these organizations," he said, adding that the support should be taken as a sign of sentiment that "someone somewhere cares for us."

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