Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visits Wanakha Central School
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.