IWAKI, Fukushima -- Three schools and a kindergarten relocated from a town hosting the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant have reopened here for the first time since the outbreak of the nuclear disaster in March 2011.
Eleven students and children attended the joint opening ceremony for the institutions -- one junior high school, two elementary schools and one kindergarten from the Fukushima Prefecture town of Futaba -- held in the prefectural city of Iwaki on April 7. Two other students are scheduled to begin attending the relocated schools in May.
All students and children -- two kindergartners, five elementary school students and six junior high students -- will study under one roof, inside a two-story bank building. Kindergarten and elementary school children will occupy the first floor, while junior high students will use the second floor.
Elementary school students will further be divided by partitions based on their grades -- two first-graders, one fifth-grader and two sixth-graders.
"I will study hard," said Sora Yokota, 6, a first-grade boy who is living in a temporary housing unit in Iwaki, after attending the enrollment ceremony on April 7.
A total of 26 teachers will educate the 13 children, providing meticulous support to them. The 13 are part of the 674 students and children evacuated from Futaba to elsewhere in the prefecture or outside the prefecture due to the nuclear disaster.