Children are educated in 11 primary schools; at the end of their primary education they can attend a secondary school located in the main village, Rigaon. This school was opened in 1996 by the Nepalese Government at the villagers' request.

At the time, the first three levels were installed in a dilapidated building, the only one available in the village. ACFN carried out improvement work but despite this, the building was in an advanced state of deterioration (cracks in the walls, earth floor, very small and badly lit classrooms, no windows...), and the number of classrooms insufficient. During the rainy season, the walls became extremely damp and the floor muddy.

A little later, the last two years of secondary school had to be installed in rooms in the town hall, next to the first building, which was equally run-down.


Among the basic requirements, for both children and adults, safety and health are priorities. In Nepal, the environment in schools (school building, schoolyard, library, toilets) is usually overlooked.

Furthermore, in 2009, a new government directive made the opening of classes 11 and 12 obligatory so that the secondary school would remain open. The construction of a building became a necessity. It would have to accommodate approximately 250 students.

As the families in the region have no income, students who are capable will be able to have a secondary education without leaving the village. In the future, this could encourage youth to become active players in local development.

The villagers consider this project as a priority for the area; they donated the land for the construction of the new building.

The building will include :

  • classrooms (levels 6 to 12)
  • a computer room
  • a scientific laboratory
  • a library
  • a staff room
  • a headmaster's office
  • toilets

The complex will enable the students to receive a decent education in appropriate working conditions. 

Ceremony to lay the first stone of the High School

On 26th October 2011, Prince Albert II laid the first stone of the building site for the Rigaon's only secondary school, which is to take in approximately 300 pupils. Many villagers are helping to build the school realising the importance of the project, which will enable their children to continue their education in a favourable environment.

During the Prince's visit, 130 school bags and 30 calculators were given to the students.

Funding for this project is shared between the DCI (Office of International Cooperation), M.A.P. (Monaco Aide et Présence) and NAMASTE, amounting to 280,000 Euros in total.

The work is scheduled to terminate in 2014/2015

Plan of the High School  

School furniture has been ordered and will be delivered as expected.

We will also donate sports uniforms to the school on our next trip in April 2015.