The Chinese embassy in Nepal will provide broadband internet to community schools in Pokhara. A memorandum of understanding for the installation of internet connection at schools in Pokhara was reached in the virtual presence of Hon. Hou Yanqi, the Chinese ambassador to Nepal on Tuesday (Nov 9).
As per the agreement, four community schools in Pokhara will receive free broadband connections courtesy of the Chinese Embassy in Nepal.
The project is part of the Rural Education Support Programme, an initiative of the Nepal-China People’s Friendship Association.
Association President Bishwa Shankar Palikhe and the principals from the beneficiary schools had penned their signature on the MoU. Palikhe said the Chinese assistance came forth at the proposal of the Association. He informed me that the broadband connection in schools will arrive at schools in phases.
Palikhe revealed that in the first phase, 4 community schools in Pokhara will be connected by a broadband connection.
As per the agreement, schools in Pokhara Metropolitan-21-Janajagrit, Bhabishya Nirman, Janachetan, and Shishu Kalyan Secondary Schools from Pokhara-33 will benefit from the free broadband connection.
The concerned schools will be able to access the broadband connection free of cost for one year.
Pokhara Internet will be responsible to set up the connection in the schools. Besides, the internet, the Chinese embassy will also provide solar panels, and other equipment required for survey classes. Palikhe has informed that the first phase program that will connect 4 schools with broadband internet will cost around Rs.20 lakh.
Speaking virtually, Chinese ambassador Yanqi said that China is always ready to assist Nepal to improve its education status. Citing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, she stressed the importance of broadband connection in making education accessible to all.
Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, Technology and Social Development, Gandaki Pokhara, Mekhlal Shrestha of Gandaki Province said that the plans are in place to transform the province into an education hub. He also said that the objective will require further assistance from China.
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