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School on floating biomass of Loktak inaugurated

 Source:The Peoples Chronicle

IMPHAL, 2nd FEB: In a first of its kind in the world, an elementary level school has formally started functioning on the floating biomass of Loktak lake in Bishnupur district. Although the said school has been in operation since December last, its official inauguration was held on Thursday.         Under the financial assistance of ActionAid India, the school building located at Langolsabi area of the lake was jointly constructed by People’s Resource Development Area (PRDA) and All Loktak Area Fishermen Union, with the aim to assist children of the fishing community avail educational opportunity.         The 18x25 feet school building, constructed on a floating biomass of 43 square feet, will have separate sessions for primary to standard III classes, adult education facility for the fishing folk and for the school drop-outs. It takes nearly an hour to reach the school on a canoe from the Ningthoukhong jetty. Informing that the school on the naturally floating biomass is the first in the world, environmentalist Salam Rajesh said two floating vessel-based schools are in operation in Bangladesh and an African nation.          On the other-hand, fishermen union secretary Oinam Rajen, while describing the formal inauguration of the unique as a historic event, stated education to children of the fishing community is inevitable for success of the union to preserve the largest fresh water body in the northeast region and cultural heritage of Manipur. read more>>