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.
Here is the reason why ASIA has been present in Wakha: in 2013 we finished building a new school with classrooms and offices, and equipped it with everything that it needed. The new classrooms were designed mixing bio-construction techniques and traditional Tibetan architecture.
The school now offers quality primary education to Tibetan children, helping them preserve their language and culture.
Also we finished building the dormitories and thanks to the generous private and institutional donations, we finished building a kitchen and a canteen, as children usually had to eat either in their classrooms or outside, even when it was cold.
We finished building new restrooms and a perimeter wall to protect both children and teachers from the numerous local animals – wolves, bears, leopards, and stray dogs too.
Soon we are going to finish the school for the children of Wakha and the nearby villages. We only have to finish painting the walls, create the electric system and clean the site.