India’s first floating elementary school named Loktak Elementary Floating School was on 13 February 2017 inaugurated at Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok floating village on Loktak Lake in Manipur.
Highlights of the Loktak Elementary Floating School
• This first of its kind school was set up with an aim to provide education to drop outs students as well as illiterate adults.
• It will provide education to around 40 children from Class I-III by engaging two local teachers.
• It was built under the initiative undertaken by All Loktak Lake Fisherman’s Union with the support of an NGO People Resources Development Association (PRDA).
• The school was established to control the sudden high dropout rate of children living in the Champu Khangpok floating villages who were rendered homeless due to the recent evacuation of phumdis.
• More than 700 floating huts were removed by Loktak Development Authority as part of clearing encroachment in the lake under the Loktak Lake (Protection) Act, 2006.
• It had resulted in displacement of the fishing community and their children who were forced to discontinue their education.
About Loktak lake
• Referred as the lifeline of Manipur, Loktak lake is the largest freshwater lake in northeast India.
• It is famous for the phumdis or phumshongs, the assorted heap of vegetation, soil and organic matter at various stages of decomposition floating over it.
• It serves as a source of water for irrigation, drinking water and hydropower generation for the local people.
• Keibul Lamjao National Park is one of Phumdis in the lake. It was designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention in 1990 and was also listed under the Montreux Record in 1993.
Where: Manipur's Loktak Lake
When: 13 February 2017