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Nov 18, 2014

School Improvements: Starting Up in New Villages

Gujarpa Lower Secondary School pre-primary class
Gujarpa Lower Secondary School pre-primary class

In our last report, we explained how ETC had finished up the last bits of school improvement work in schools with which we had been working since 2008. Now that ETC is working in numerous new villages, we have been collaborating with the personnel of 31 schools in those villages to determine the most important and pressing needs for improvement. In this report, we'll highlight two particular schools and their youngest students.

Gujarpa Lower Secondary School is in Lapilang Village Development Committee. Nikobhumi Higher Secondary School is in Babare Village Development Committee. Both have pre-primary classrooms - what we in the United States would refer to as pre-school and kindergarten, for the children who are a year or two younger than the average Grade 1 student. You can see photos of each classroom attached to this report. The teachers of these classes were among the 17 who have participated in our recent professional development activities - including orientation and training in best practices for working with the youngest students, and establishment of a pre-primary teachers' network. Professional development opportunities for educators are rare in rural Nepal, and these teachers are delighted to be benefit from ETC's programs. Their classrooms have also received useful supplies, such as wooden puzzles, alphabet and number blocks, crayons and colored pencils, and paper - all of which will help them offer a more enriching educational experience to their young students. You can see from the photos that there is need for physical improvements, such as wall plastering/painting and the provision of child-sized furniture. These two classrooms will be among the first to receive such improvements, although all 31 schools in our new project area will benefit from some improvement work over the course of the next few years.

These two pre-primary classrooms are among several that individual donors can sponsor. For $1,000 per year, a donor can sponsor a specific pre-primary classroom and receive twice yearly photos of the class, letters from the teacher (and signed by students as they are able), information about the children's activities and about what has been accomplished in terms of physical improvements to the rooms, and perhaps artwork or poems, etc. created by students in the class.

Please note that the observation of major fall holidays (Dashain and Tihar or Deepawali) means that schools were closed for much of the period from late September (which is also the end of the monsoon season) through late October. Now that the groundwork of establishing relationships and setting priorities has been completed, the physical improvement work can begin in earnest. We'll have more details in our next quarterly report. In the meantime, thank you again for your support, and please contact us at director@etc-nepal.org with any questions.

Nikobhumi Higher 2ndary School pre-primary class
Nikobhumi Higher 2ndary School pre-primary class

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Aug 25, 2014

Getting ready to start afresh!

Devisthan School - roofing, painting
Devisthan School - roofing, painting

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: 

  • At Devisthan Lower Secondary School – new roofing, painting, and ground maintenance
  • At Suryodaya Lower Secondary School – painting and new classroom furniture
  • At Kshamawati Higher Secondary School – new classroom furniture
  • At Guranse Primary School – new classroom furniture
  • At Saraswoti Vidya Mandir Primary School – plastering and painting
  • At Mahadesthan Primary School – plastering, painting, and veranda maintenance

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):

  • Fifteen schools will have plastering and painting work done
  • Six schools will receive new classroom furniture
  • Five schools will have new toilets built and grounds maintenance work done
  • Five schools will have work done to install or fix doors and windows

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!

Child-sized tables for Guranse School
Child-sized tables for Guranse School
Suryodaya School - painting
Suryodaya School - painting

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May 27, 2014

Spring 2014 update: Better Schools in Rural Nepal

Girl in grade 2 at Manedanda PS
Girl in grade 2 at Manedanda PS
Month by month, the schools with which Educate the Children is currently working in Dolakha District, Nepal are becoming better and more appealing places for children to spend their days learning and playing!

Since the beginning of March, ETC has completed important school improvement work at 18 schools in this rural area. The work has included providing furniture and making infrastructure improvements - painting, wall plastering, window grille installation, drinking water pipe installation, and school grounds improvements.

For each school, parents, teachers, and community members have been actively involved in the work. This "community contribution" is a keystone of ETC's success: By enlisting the active support of the local residents, we know that the work we do is both welcome and useful! Community contributions for these school improvement activities have included provision and transportation to the schools of the wood and other materials; labor to install slides, window grilles, and water pipes; and painting/plastering labor.

Below is a list of what we have accomplished at each school. (Please note that PS stands for Primary School, LSS stands for Lower Secondary School, and HSS stands for Higher Secondary School.)

  1. Kshamawati HSS: 15 sets desks/benches
  2. Manedanda PS: 15 sets desks/benches, 1 playground slide
  3. Bhumeshori PS: Painting, 1 cupboard
  4. Sundrawati LSS: Painting, 1 playground slide
  5. Lamanagi LSS: 1 cupboard, 1 slide
  6. Mahadevsthan PS: 1 cupboard
  7. Bosimpa PS: 1 cupboard
  8. Saraswoti Vidya Mandir PS:  Plastering in 3 rooms
  9. Saraswati Biddyamandir PS:   1 cupboard
  10. Suryadaya LSS: 1 cupboard
  11. Majuwa PS: 1 cupboard
  12. Kalinag HSS: 1 slide
  13. Devisthan LSS: 1 slide
  14. Janata LSS: 1 slide
  15. Saraswoti PS: Grounds improvements/maintenance and construction of supporting wall, 1 cupboard
  16. Devisthan PS: Painting, installation of drinking water pipes, 1 cupboard
  17. Jagaran Bhimeshwor PS: 10 sets desks/bench, installation of window grilles,1 cupboard, 1 slide
  18. Guranse PS: 1 slide


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!

Grade 1 children at Manedanda PS
Grade 1 children at Manedanda PS
Sundrawati LSS
Sundrawati LSS
Slide installed and in high demand!
Slide installed and in high demand!
Painting and window treatments
Painting and window treatments

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Feb 28, 2014

Better Schools in Rural Nepal: March 2014 Update

An example of a plastered and painted building
An example of a plastered and painted building

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:

  • Toilet construction at Kalinag Higher Secondary School and Majhuwa Primary School. In addition to being important for public health, toilets give menstruating girls a place to change their sanitary cloths in private. If they do not have access to toilets at school, they often stay home for one week out of every four, and are at increased risk of dropping out altogether.
  • Painting and installing window grills at Janata Lower Secondary School and Mahadevsthan Primary School.
  • Furniture (desks, benches, round tables) provided to Tamrakoshika Lower Secondary School and Sitka Secondary School.
  • Roof maintenance at Guranse Primary School.
  • Two classrooms plastered at Lamanagi Lower Secondary School.
  • Steel cupboards for storage provided to ten schools.

Current and immediately upcoming activities include:

  • Eight school playgrounds will have new slides installed.
  • A number of schools are working with ETC to arrange for the "community contributions" (in-kind donations of labor and materials) that help make all of this work possible. For example, parents and school personnel frequently work together to install the playground equipment, or to procure the stones that are used as components of the foundation for new toilet facilities. ETC has a strong track record of obtaining these community contributions, which help ensure that the work is fully supported locally and that it is what the residents need and want to have accomplished.

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!

Small round tables for very young children
Small round tables for very young children

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Lisa Lyons

Executive Director
Ithaca, NY United States

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