Lalit Kalyan Kendra Lower Secondary School in Lalitpur is one of the six schools to have received funding through the Knowledge Market Place proposal competition which took place at ECCA’s 3rd National Conference of Children’s Clubs. Students Bimala Tamang, 14, and Dhiroj Khadka, 13, presented their proposal at the conference and were successful in gaining funding for their school.
The aim of their proposal is to install additional water taps in their school in order to give students easier access to the safe drinking water which they now have available. Previously their school had only access to unclean water from a well. With the help of ECCA, however, the school has installed a tank with a water filter and water is purified using WATASOL chlorine solution. Currently there is only one tap in the school that the students and teachers can use to access safe drinking water, which means that students have to spend a lot of their time queuing to use the tap, often when it is very hot outside. The funding grant which the students received will therefore be used to install three more water taps in the school, allowing students to access clean water more easily.
Bimala explained that these taps will make a huge difference to the students in the school, and that they are also important in supporting the clean drinking water activities that the school is involved in, such as producing their own WATASOL chlorine solution. With the help of the nature club students, the school is now self-sufficient in purifying the water which they have access to.
“We feel very proud to have won the award”, Dhiroj explained. “Our school will have a good reputation in our community because of it”. This award will help to attract prestige to this government school, which struggles to maintain attendance due to local students’ preference to attend private schools. Students come to this school from outside of Kathmandu and may not attend for more than a few months due to their parents being forced to relocate for work. This is disruptive to the students’ education; good publicity is therefore extremely valuable for attracting local students to the school.
The project to install the taps will be completed in a month, and after this the students at Lalit Kalyan School will have easier access to safe drinking water. This is just one of many positive outcomes of ECCA’s National Conference on Children’s Clubs, promoting student-led positive change.