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Feb 18, 2020

Learning about our planet and parental engagement

Freedom to Learn are delighted to be able to share some of our most recent news with you. Since our last update the students in Nepal have enjoyed a much-needed winter holiday and they have now returned to school for a fun filled term full of learning.

Parent Engagement and Outreach: 

As part of our outreach work bringing the families of our students together and supporting them if needed we have been holding a series of busy parent meetings. In a community where often children are expected to work and earn rather than go to school, parents are invited to be more engaged with the school, staff and students, so that they can learn the advantage of education for their children has and will have, especially in the longer term. The overall aim of all of our project work is to improve the access to and quality of education in every school, and this can only be done if the school is to be the thriving heart of the community it serves, so parental participation is key to that process. 

Parents, with their students at the schools, come and hear about what their children will be learning in the coming months as well as see work showcased from each class. Our team work hard to encourage open feedback from parents and urge them to ask questions to the teachers to make sure they have a full understanding and are happy with their children’s school experience. We have been really impressed to see so many parents becoming active in their child’s learning and we hope this continues with our ongoing outreach work.

Sister Schools: 

We have been working with our Nepal and UK sister schools with live link ups and joint project work. Using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as a base we are looking at our global climate. Last week some of our younger students learnt all about the importance of trees and how they can help our environments not only in each country but around the world. They then made some beautiful posters and showed the students at Milford on Sea Primary School their work via a live link-up session. The students in both the UK and Nepal asked each other some questions about their work and the impact that trees have on the environment in both communities. It was an opportunity for the students to talk to each other and discuss an important current topic and to plan their actions such as tree planting and presentations about trees to others living in their villages. 

We are always so impressed with how the students interact with each other. They all have a great interest in the different cultures and love to practice their English and Nepali. It is great to see friendships form with the students as they learn more about one another.

We would like to invite you to visit our Facebook page where you can keep up to date with our charity’s activities as well as our website which gives you more information about our projects. Thank you for choosing to support Freedom to Learn. Your support enables us to deliver a quality education to thousands of Nepali Children every year. Seriously, we couldn’t do it without you! 

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Jan 24, 2020

Exam time, volunteers and more!

It has been a busy few months filled with lots of learning and play at Kushadevi School. Our students are currently enjoying their winter holidays after finishing the term with their termly exams. Our students studied hard and with the guidance from their teachers they all received fantastic results continuing to increase the average grades across Kushadevi School. The tests are a great way to practice everything learned throughout the term and is a helpful indictor for the teachers to see the level of each students individually in order to support them more in 2020.

Teachers and their support staff have been so pleased with how well all our students prepared, and loved seeing how they all supported each other throughout the examination period. It is the great community spirit we are all working towards ensuring the school becomes a thriving heart to the community it serves. All the students were rewarded with a gift of pens and copy books for all their hard studying and teamwork.

Here in the UK we are busy setting up for our next trip to Nepal. This time however we will be going with a team of 7 teaching volunteers from Winchester University for 3 weeks. All of the volunteers will be teaching a range of fun and engaging lessons. As well as teaching they are all fundraising for our schools in and around Kushadevi. Alongside them will be our Trustees, who are going to be visiting all the projects in Kavre, and getting to know the new intake of students and staff who joined last year, plus 'Fireman Frank' from the New Forest who is going to be building playground equipment out of recycled materials - so watch this space for photos! 

We are looking forward to welcoming all of them to beautiful Nepal. Whilst there, they will be living with host families and have a unique opportunity to experience what living in rural Nepal is like. We know our students, staff and local families are just as excited as us and they can’t wait to start attending their lessons.

We would also like to congratulate our Ride for Life team Pawan and Sadiksha on the safe arrival of their lovely baby girl. We wish you all the happiness in the world with your new addition to the family.

Thank you once again for choosing to support Freedom to Learn. Without you none of what we do would be possible. We bring a quality education to hundred's of Children in Nepal every year because of all your support.

We wish you all the best,

The Freedom to Learn Team

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Nov 18, 2019

Fun at School

At Freedom to Learn we love being able to share with our generous supporters what we have been up to, and a large part of that is our aim to ensure that school is a positive and fun experience for all our students. Because of FtL and the generous support you give, they enjoy quality lessons taught by our skilled and trained teachers in a wide variety of subjects including of course English, Maths and Science but make sure that they are learned in a creative, exciting and relevant way.

 

This term students have also taken part in a wide range of exciting extra-curricular activities. These activities aim to build the students confidence in areas they may not have otherwise experience - as well as enabling the students to form strong friendships with their classmates and happy memories at school. For example we had a brilliant time holding a singing contest at Balchandra school earlier this week. Students who wished to enter chose the song they wished to sing and students, teachers and parents were all invited to watch and support the singers, everyone sang their hearts out alongside the performers! There was lots of dancing, clapping and smiling faces. After such a successful event we hope to be able to host more events like this and encourage our students to try new skills such as performing in front of people.

 

We are delighted that our students are taking full advantage of the football kit which were generously donated my Milford Football Club. Students are always keen to take part in tournaments at school and are keen to improve their football skills. The sense of pride the students have when wearing their football kit is wonderful. The rest of the school enjoy cheering on the players.

 

As Christmas is drawing closer we are preparing for the local Christmas markets. We will be selling some beautiful gifts from India and Nepal. Keep an eye open on our Facebook page to see what markets we will be attending. We also are selling our tea towels and gift cards which are available to purchase on our website.

Thank you once again for your incredible support. We are all so grateful to you for your kindness and interest in Freedom to Learn.

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