Devastation to one of the oldest high schools in Kathmandu

Aftershocks and the fear of disease are causing panic. Millions of people are homeless and living in temporary shelters or in the open. Rescue teams are digging for survivors, food and water is being distributed and aid is getting to remote areas.

The horrific effects of the Nepal earthquake are being dealt with on an hour-by-hour basis. But the tremors that caused devastation across the South Asian country will also have devastating long-term consequences for its education system.

Thousands of schools were damaged or destroyed by the 7.8 earthquake on April 25 and the destruction has caused the closure of all Nepalese state-run and private schools for the next two weeks at least as the immediate crisis is dealt with.

More than 16,000 public and private schools – about half of the country’s total – have been damaged, according to UN OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) Asia and the Pacific.

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