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UNICEF reopens school in remote community in Tajikistan

© UNICEF Tajikistan / Sodiqov / 2010
Children in the small village are very happy to study in a new school.

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 6 September 2010 – A new school built with UNICEF support opened its doors to more than 110 children in Arnokhum village in Tajikistan’s mountainous Kuhistoni Mastchoh district. The school that will serve three villages- Arnokhum, Surkhkat and Gurfkat - was built after a series of mudflows in spring 2009 destroyed the old school building in this remote community of 30 families.

The new school was opened on 3 September by UNICEF Representative in Tajikistan Hongwei Gao, Deputy Chairman of the State Committee of Emergency Situations Bakhtiyor Oripov and the Chairman of Kuhistoni Mastchoh district Suhrob Okhunov.

Kuhistoni Mastchoh district is one of the poorest regions in Tajikistan, partly due to its rigid mountainous terrain and isolation from the rest of the country. Arnohun village is located in a narrow and hard-to-reach valley of the district.

“It is very important to ensure that children go to school in the aftermath of disasters,” said Hongwei Gao. “It is equally important that children in isolated and mountainous communities have easy access to quality education.”

© UNICEF Tajikistan / Sodiqov / 2010
Following the mudflow in spring 2009, more than 110 students in Arnohun village studied in a half-destroyed, unsafe school building for one year.

Tajikistan is very prone to natural and man-made disasters. The impact of disasters falls disproportionately on children who find it harder to adapt to largely deteriorated environments. Re-opening of schools after an emergency can play a critical role in helping children overcome its psycho-social impact.

In addition to supporting the construction of the school, UNICEF also fully furnished the school. School construction was part of the Early Recovery Appeal launched in August 2009 jointly by the Government of Tajikistan and the Rapid Emergency Assessment and Coordination Team (REACT).

For more information, please contact:

Alexander Sodiqov, UNICEF Tajikistan Communication Officer
Tel.: +992 (918) 31 00 57



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