A rural school in Wakha

In Qinghai Province the illiteracy and school dropout rates are very high, for this reason the school of Wakha is essential in order to ensure the right to education for children of nomadic Tibetan community that lives in the grasslands at 3500 meters above sea level .

Since 2013, following the reform of the education system in China, the number of enrolled students keeps increasing because Wakha is one of the few rural schools in the province. 127 students live in Wakha today (together with seven teachers and other staff) but the school is not able to provide a proper accommodation for the new students.

In the school there were not enough classrooms to accommodate all children and many were forced to stay at home with their parents. Also in the dormitories there are not enough places for all pupils, who are forced to walk for hours to get home with all the attendant risks.
This is why ASIA works in Wakha: in 2012 we completed a new building for classes and staff offices, equipped with all the necessary materials. The new classrooms, designed by combining  the traditional Tibetan architecture of green building techniques, provide a primary education of high quality to Tibetan children, by preserving their language and their culture. At this time, we are finishing to build the dormitories.

In this school, children are forced to eat in the classrooms or outdoor and cold, meals are still cooked in the old kitchen in the mud and wood, so it is urgent to build a dining hall and a kitchen.

Futhermore, there is a lack of toilets and children are forced to relieve themselves outdoors, often in extreme conditions due to the hard climate of the plateau. Therefore it is also necessary to build toilets.

Finally, in order to protect children and teachers from the danger of chance upon a number of animals in the area (wolves, bears, leopards, wild dogs), because of the increasingly widespread human settlement in the plateau, it is important to build as soon as possible a surrounding wall of the school. Join the project