In this photo taken in late 2014, children play joyfully during their lunch break at Adash Saula Yubak School in Lalitpur, Nepal.
At the time, they had no idea that their country would experience the tragedy of two major earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 that cost more than 8,000 people their life and left the capital and many cities and villages devastated.
The government estimates that 15,000 classrooms have been destroyed and the school system has shut down. The country will need time to assess its needs to rebuild. The Global Partnership for Education stands ready to help. Next week, our Board will consider a new grant for Nepal for US$59.3 million, which can be re-allocated to cover emergency needs if requested by the Nepali government.