Last week Roselyne Bachelot, Minister of Culture was at the Palais Royal in Paris for the opening of the exhibition of the AFEX 2020 Grand Prix for French architecture in the world.
Since 1988, the AaZ association has helped the children of Zanskar benefit from a quality education while preserving their own culture and traditions
Association Suisse pour l'Aide au Zanskar
Founded in 2013 december 2013, the Association Suisse pour l’Aide au Zanskar (AaZ-CH) helps children in Zanskar have access to quality education without giving up on their local culture, language and traditions.
Since then, it has been collaborating with the French association AaZ (founded in 1988) to support the development and ensure smooth operationsof the Lamdon Model High School in Pipiting, near Padum, in the Zanskar Valley (India)
To date, the school has nearly 300 students, from kindergarten to the final grade, and its success rate is among the best in Zanskar
The school can also take pride in having recently achieved its goal of gender parity, both in terms of students and teaching staff.
The Lamdon Model High School (LMHS)
Lamdon Model High School is located in the Padumplain (Zanskar), near the village of Pipting, at an altitude of 3600 m
Every year it welcomes about 300 pupils (almost 50% of them girls) divided into 12 classes: two years of nursery school, followed by classes I to X (primary and secondary schools)
The school yearbegins in Marchand ends in November, given the harsh weather conditions and freezing winters
Although it is a private school, the LMHS is subject to the same obligations as all schools in the Indian Union: programmes, controls, examinations, authorisations to open new classes, etc.). The school is periodically inspected by the school authorities of Kargil District and the Ministry of Jammu and Kashmir State.
An eco-friendly residential building
As one of the top schools in Zanskar, the LMHS attracts students from remote villages
Due to the lack of road and transportation infrastructure, these students cannot return home during the week or even throughout the whole school year
To remedy this situation, our association financed the construction of a boarding building that can accommodate between 20 and 25 students.
Completed in the fall of 2019 after 3 years of work, the residential facility should have welcomed its first occupants at the start of the school year in March 2020. Unfortunately, the covid-19 pandemic decided otherwise and we hope that it will be rescheduled for the 2021 school year.
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Following the Covid-19 pandemic, the LMHS was only able to open for 8 days this year and since mid-March, students have been studying by remote learning.
The Managing Committee is taking the opportunity of the forced closing of the school due to Covid-19 to carry out major work on the campus.
The Atelier Tanka, which created the NBP and RBP projects, was awarded the special prize of the AFEX 2020 jury for its activities on the LMHS campus