Shari Davis & Ellen Currin are InTheField Travelers with GlobalGiving who are visiting our partners’ projects throughout Nepal. Their “Postcard” from their most recent visit in Nepal:
After half and hour of winding through the streets of Bagbazaar in Kathmandu, I finally made it to the office of The Santi School Project’s program director, Bijaya. We sat for tea, and I was pleased to hear about one of the few organizations that works to improve Nepali public schools, rather than building private alternatives. Bijaya spoke about how Santi School’s work is two-fold: they do renovations to fix school buildings, and they provide teacher trainings so that the new schools can be filled with quality teachers.
Bijaya explained that Santi School’s trainings go beyond the basic government teaching curriculum. They place an emphasis on clean water and sanitation, as well as covering early childhood development and a new experimental English curriculum. Bijaya said that in the past, they hired outside trainers to give trainings, but in the past year, Santi School has piloted their own training which has proven to be a huge success! In the year to come, they will work to scale up their trainings so they can reach even more teachers.
Even though primary school enrollment is improving nationwide, the government in Nepal simply does not have enough money for education, particularly to renovate schools originally built half a century ago.
Such is the case at Gupteshwor Secondary School, home to 250 students in kindergarten through grade 10, which recently expanded with a two-story four-room building. Government funds were insufficient to complete construction beyond the external walls and the roof. Consequently, the ground floor flooded when it rained and four different classes had been conducted in the corners of a single open room.
Our work was recently completed, and the school held an inauguration ceremony April 23. We've helped the school by:
This the third school that The Santi School Project has helped recently to complete reconstruction projects in which government funds were insufficient, either by providing funds to finish construction or to furnish classrooms with desks and chairs.
The school is located in Laliput District, in the Kathmandu Valley and near Vishwamitra School, where we are conducting our teacher training program as well as helping build new classrooms. The majority of the students at Gupteshwor are members of the indigenous Tamang ethnic minority.
We're grateful for your support to help make this project possible. The total cost of the project was approximately $8,000, with the community contributing 25%.
For photos from the inauguration ceremony for the completed building, follow the link to our Facebook page below.
The students at Dhadkharka Primary School in Nepal don’t have to sit on the floor anymore.
For the 150 students there in kindergarten through 5th grade, Santi School provided:
The furniture arrived last month. The school is located in the same general area of central Nepal as our other projects, about a day’s journey from the capital, Kathmandu.
Mahesh Dahal, an alumnus of the school who now lives in Northern Virginia and serves on our board of trustees, helped raise funds for the project, and the community contributed some labor as well.
At a small ceremony to unveil the new furniture, local activists and politicians joined the school's teachers to express their gratitude.
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