Princess Maha Chakri Sirind­horn vis­its Wanakha Cen­tral School

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R ight af­ter the ar­rival in the coun­try on 23rd May, Her Royal High­ness Princess Maha Chakri Sirind­horn of Thai­land vis­ited Wanakha Cen­tral School in Paro. The School is one of the projects un­der princess’s col­lab­o­ra­tive project on chil­dren and youth de­vel­op­ment. There, the princess vis­ited food pro­cess­ing unit and green house which are funded by the project.

Wanakha Cen­tral School was estab­lished in 1991. The School has 32 work­ing staff with 413 students which com­prises of 227 girls and 186 boys. The School started with just 32 students un­der the com­mand of the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The School now is a Cen­tral School.

The princess’s col­lab­o­ra­tive project on chil­dren and youth de­vel­op­ment with the School has had pro­found im­pact on the School. The prin­ci­pal shared with the crowd some of the im­prove­ment in the school. “Ever since the in­cep­tion of the project in our school, the body mass in­dex “BMI” re­port has shown grad­ual an­nual dif­fer­ence of 45.2 per­cent in wasted cat­e­gory” said the Prin­ci­pal Kin­ley Jamt­sho.

With the sup­port from princess’s project, the School also has a food pro­cess­ing unit where the students are in­volved in mak­ing potato chips and pick­les which en­ters the mar­ket. The money which are com­ing from the sell­ing the items is used for buy­ing gro­ceries for the students. The unit has a dryer that dries the veg- eta­bles and can be stored for dry sea­sons. The Prin­ci­pal said that the School kitchen has never seen fluc­tu­a­tion is veg­eta­bles sup­ply. “Ev­ery dry season is res­cued by the food pro­cess­ing unit,” the Prin­ci­pal added.

Al­though the School is lo­cated about 2750 me­ters above the sea level. How­ever, the green house which was yet an­other sup­port from the project has helped the School in the hour of need. The School now pro­duces agri­cul­tural prod­ucts which can be only cul­ti­vated in warmer re­gion.

Fur­ther, the School ear­lier had to en­gage their students in fetch­ing wa­ter for the plants but now, due to the wa­ter fa­cil­i­ties which are un­der project the students are able to spend their time do­ing home­work or study­ing, says the of­fi­cial from School.

Mean­while, the princess vis­ited food pro­cess­ing unit and agri­cul­tural gar­dens of the School. The students also pre­sented tra­di­tional dances to the guests.

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