ASUNCION – Five mobile classrooms donated by Unicef on Thursday began being used for students from a poor Asuncion neighborhood seriously affected by flooding in December and displacing about 100,000 people in the Paraguayan capital.
With the inauguration of the classrooms, set up in the Santa Librada neighborhood, there are now 34 mobile facilities donated by Unicef to the Education and Culture Ministry being used to provide classes for children suffering the consequences of the flooding.
The classrooms, of which 14 are made of removable panels and the rest are specially equipped tents, ensures the right to education to 4,758 boys and girls affected by the rise of the Paraguay River, according to Unicef figures.
The five new facilities set up in Santa Librada, near the San Pedro y San Pablo parish, are made of easily removable walls and ceilings with metal surfaces.
Atteding the ceremony were Education Minister Enrique Riera and Asuncion Mayor Mario Ferreiro, along with representatives of the Association of Paraguayan Banks, whose volunteer program is scheduled to set up workshops to promote reading and environmental education among the students.
More than 60,000 people are still living in precarious temporary camps in shacks made of wood and sheet metal located in different parts of Asuncion since the December flooding wiped out many neighborhoods near the river.