For 16-year-old Prachin Pant living in Gurgaon, the earthquake in her homeland, Nepal, in April 2015 was traumatic. Two years down the line, she has now come up with a documentary on the shattered education infrastructure in her country post the quake.
Pant, a Class 10 student of the Lancers International School, made a detailed project on the aftermath of Nepal earthquake in which she has demonstrated how the education infrastructure is in bad shape and children are suffering because of a lack of schools.
For this 13-minute video – a part of middle years programme (MYP) project of her IB Board -- Pant spend almost two months, focussing on Sindhupal Chowk in Kathmandu. She spent a considerable time going from one school to another to get details of students and to understand the problems they faced.
“As a part of the IB MYP personal project, I had to create a project by the end of the 10th grade. When I first got to know that this project would be related to something we’d personally prefer to do or love doing, I knew exactly what to do. The moment I heard the criteria, I told myself – the Nepal earthquake. A video to make people aware, what else could be any better,” Pant said.
Her video shows how the education system in Nepal is shattered and needs more effort from the international community for reconstruction. “There is a lack of facilities in schools. Students do not have a roof above their heads and there are only a few sanitation facilities. It is heartbreaking how the students have to suffer because of the broken infrastructure,” she said.
Pant’s parents run a school in Kathmandu and it is because of their influence that she chose education in Nepal as the subject of her project.
“The footage I shot will stay close to my heart. There was a girl named Muskan (smile), whom I will always remember. Even during the time of devastation, she kept smiling. She narrated about her sufferings to me. Sadly, her family is still living in a tent as the tremors made them homeless. There are countless children like Muskan struggling to survive. With little resources and a handful of hope, people in Nepal are surviving every bump on the road with the brightest eyes and biggest smiles,” Pant said.
After completing her education, Pant wants to work for child rights and start an NGO for education in India and Nepal.
Even the school management was happy with Pant’s dedication. Rohit Mann, director, Lancers International School, said, “The MYP personal project is an integral part of the in MYP programme. The project reports are externally moderated by the IB to ensure a globally consistent standard of excellence. We are proud that one of our students Prachin has taken up a serious social issue of Nepal earthquake which should reach a maximum number of people.”
“The video highlights the ground reality of that place post the incident and how it has been struggling to get back to normal. The video has been submitted to the IB board for assessment and we are hoping that it will be one of the best till now,” Mann said.