Some schools begin to reopen after earthquake
Dateline: Nias - 4 April 2005
Date: 04/04/2005 10:20 AM
Gunung Sitoli, Nias Island
1. Various of damaged classrooms in Junior High School number 3
2. Various of class in session
3. SOUNDBITE: (Indonesian) Fatimano Menerova, head master at Junior High School number 3:
"By meeting friends in school some of the trauma felt by our students has ben lessened. They can see that their friends are physically healthy, some of them have hugged each other and cried."
4. Students cleaning classroom of debris
Schools on the quake-affected island of Nias began to re-open on Monday.
Thousands of students in the main Nias town of Gunung Sitoli turned up, only to find there was no possibility of classes: most school buildings were damaged and many teachers had not turned up.
At Junior High School number 3, some lessons resumed as 200 out of 745 students turned up.
Over half of teachers also arrived hoping to slowly resume teaching.
The school was heavily damaged in the March 28 earthquake, with 12 out of 20 classrooms too dangerous for students to sit in.