Loktak lake ,the largest freshwater lake in the country,has now become home to a first of its kind floating elementary school.
The school was inaugurated earlier this month at Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok village,about 50km from Imphal.It was opened under an initiative undertaken by the All Loktak Lake Fisherma’s Union with the support of an NGO people Resources Development Association(PRDA).
It aims to provide education to dropouts,who were rendered homeless due to the recent evacuation of phumdis or floating biomass of vegetation,soil,and organic matter at various stages of decomposition.
The lake is referred to as the “lifeline of Manipur” as it is highly productive and many lives depend on the lake of endurance>The lake is also an important bird area as its potential breeding site for waterfowl and is a staging site for migratory birds.
This ancient lake plays an important role in the economy of Manipur.It serves as a source of water for hydropower generation,irrigation and drinking water supply.The lake is also a source of livelihood for rural fisherman who live in the surrounding areas and on phumdis,also known as “phumshongs”.
The school will be accommodating around 25 students and two teachers from the community.