An open day event for the Durbar High School in Kathmandu, Nepal, rebuilt with China’s aid, was held on May 24.
Hou Yanqi, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, and Sushil Gyewali, CEO of National Reconstruction Authority of Nepal, delivered speeches at the event. More than 100 delegates participated, including Durbar High School teachers and students, alumni, representatives of the Nepali government, ambassadors from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Australia and other countries, representatives of UNESCO and the United Nations Development Programme, representatives of international organizations, and Chinese and Nepali media reporters.
After the 2015 earthquake, the Chinese government promised to implement 25 post-quake reconstruction projects for Nepal. Six of them have been completed, and the rest, including the Durbar High School, are in rapid progress.
Gyewali and the President and teachers of the Durbar High School thanked the Chinese government for its long-term support and assistance to Nepal’s economic and social development, especially post-disaster reconstruction. The Durbar High School is the oldest school in Nepal. Through the efforts of the Chinese builders, the new teaching building has risen in just nine months, and the teachers and students are very happy. Before the project started, the Chinese side also set up temporary classrooms for the school to ensure its normal teaching activities. The Nepali government and the people are deeply grateful.
Founded in 1853, the Durbar High School was the first school for modern education in Nepal. It is located in the center of Kathmandu. There were more than 1,200 students before the earthquake in 2015. The school reconstruction project started on July 31, 2018. The main structure has been completed and mid-term acceptance is underway.