Imphal| A floating school has been opened at the heart of Manipur’s famed Loktak lake
The school, ‘Loktak Elementary Floating School’, was inaugurated as part of the World Wetlands Land celebration on Thursday. The school is a community initiative school for the children, mostly the dropouts, in the floating village of Champu Khangpok in the middle of the Lake. The village has a population of around 460.
The school was opened under an initiative of All Loktak Lake Fishermen’s Union, Manipur (ALLAFUM) with the support of NGO People’s Resources Development Association (PRDA) under a programme of ActionAid India. It aims to provide education to the needy children of the floating village having a population of around 460.
Loktak Lake is the largest fresh water lake in the entire North-East India.
The 230-sq km lake is considered to be the lifeline due to its importance in the socio-economic and cultural life of the people.
Manipur government had removed many floating huts as part of development activities in the lake after the introduction of Loktak Lake (Protection) Act 2006, in November 2011, resulting in largescale displacement of the fishing community. Subsequently the children of these fishing communities were forced to discontinue their education as they are unable to support the financial burden for school education.
The newly opened school will initially provide education to around 30-40 children (Class I-III), according to ALLAFUM secretary Oinam Rajen.
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