The summer of 2014 marks a transitional period for Educate the Children, as we are phasing out of the villages where we have worked since 2008 and into a new set of villages, farther to the north and higher up in the Himalayan foothills. (I use the word “foothills” somewhat tongue-in-cheek and in a relative sense, since more than two-thirds of the Dolakha District terrain is at or above 2,000 meters/6,400 feet in elevation!)
We could not leave, however, without completing the final school improvements in the old project area. This work will ensure a safer, more comfortable, and more attractive learning environment for thousands of children both immediately and for years to come. Since May, the work we have completed includes:
You can see the some of the results of this work in the attached photos.
Preparing to begin doing school improvement work in new villages involves working closely with school personnel to identify the greatest and most pressing needs, as well as gathering support from parents and other community members who will be participating in the work by collecting materials and providing labor. Subject to the final decisions made in the coming weeks at a meeting of ETC personnel and all area schools’ headmasters/headmistresses, it is our plan to complete the following work by summer 2015 (some schools may receive more than one kind of assistance):
In our next quarterly report, we will include some photos of the specific schools in the new villages where we’ll be working during the coming fall, winter, and spring. For now, if you are interested to see typical conditions at public rural schools in this area, you can see some photos on ETC’s website at http://www.etc-nepal.org/photos4.php.
In the meantime, as always, we thank you very much for your support. We truly could not do it without you!
ETC is still working to secure the community contribution commitments from parents and teachers at four or five schools, so that the remainder of the planned work can be accomplished. We will be delighted to share that progress with you in a future report. Until then, please know how grateful we are for your support in making all of this possible!
Students and their teachers in the rural Dolakha District of east central Nepal are enjoying great improvements to their schools, thanks to ETC and YOUR support!
For many years, ETC has been committed to improving the quality of education in Nepal. This means not only ensuring that children from impoverished families can attend school, and that teachers are well trained; it also means that classrooms and school buildings are safe, attractive places to learn.
During the past several months, we have completed the following work:
Current and immediately upcoming activities include:
Community members and school personnel have expressed great satisfaction with the work that has already been accomplished. In the coming months, we look forward to improving the educational environment for hundreds more students and teachers in rural Nepal!
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