Because of our continued cooperation and strong relationships with our partners on the ground, the International Himalayan School (IHS) in Siliguri, India is now under construction. We recently finished a gabion-training programme, and we are currently help build the outer wall of the school. The construction of the school’s first buildings started in 2016. You can see a recent update of the building progress here:
You can follow the programme’s progress here.
Following Himalayan traditions, which firmly believe in respecting natural beauty, local biodiversity, and resources, EVA is committed to using sustainable construction methods and technologies to build this school.
Sustainability and Innovation
The IHS takes advantage of new sustainable and innovative practices, such as using gabion to fortify the foundations of the buildings and designing the building rooftops to capture rainwater. Gabion is a very adaptable technology that we are using to construct the outer wall of the school as well as for its structural foundations. Gabion blocks can last as long as 50 years, be repaired easily, and they are resistant to structural failure during earthquakes.
Empowering Girls By Educating Them
Since our mission is to empower marginalised groups and preserve Himalayan traditions, EVA and its partners are committed to educating girls and incorporating cultural education at this school. The girls will be taught the same lessons as the boys. Moreover, we will develop a curriculum that is dedicated to teaching the students about their own cultural traditions as well as those from across the Himalayas.
We believe that because of this programme, each student will have a better understanding of their unique heritage and a chance to pursue higher-level education, specialized vocational training, or entry-level employment when they leave the school.
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