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May 21, 2018

Change is in the air at Kushadevi School

Children enjoy morning break at Kushadevi
Children enjoy morning break at Kushadevi

Since we last wrote to let you all know what has been happening here at Kushadevi we have begun a new fresh academic year....and change is in the air!

Over 370 children from Nursery through to grade 6 are now learning in improved a creative environments and with better trained and more motivated teachers. Attendance is up again in the last 3 months, by 4.5%, and we have had a further 23 students join from the local community.

One of the big changes is that Kushadevi School is now becoming a truly Model School and has attracted all the surrounding government schools (12 of them!). After a number of meetings many of their staff have now been on learning visits to Kushadevi, so the changes your donations have helped to bring about are now spreading into other schools in the hills of Kavre District.

Across Nepal the quality of education at government school has been diabolical, with just under 48% government school students failing final exams. Only the poorest and most marginalised community's children attend. Every year a large number of government schools are either merged or closed, more than 6 in Kavre alone. In this context, we have established a model through which we have been successful in delivering the message that it is possible to provide quality education in government schools.

Kushadevi Model School Head, Ramesh tells us: "The surrounding schools have started coming to learn from training days and joining the classes as observers. The entire school community has become involved in the school and it has become the central focal point for the community it serves."

Our Project manager in Kushadevi reports that "It has attracted National media attention and regular positive reports in national papers reporting that Kushadevi Model School is a leading example of how to turn a rural Nepali government school around. The continuation & expansion of this programme will contribute to ensuring hundreds of students benefit in 2018/19 by creating educational opportunities that would have seemed impossible just over a year ago."


Thank you for all your support! 

Music lesson learning local songs
Music lesson learning local songs
Girls learn to ride new bikes for their school run
Girls learn to ride new bikes for their school run

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Feb 22, 2018

Kushadevi Children Thrive on Global Support

Class 1 Kushadevi Model School
Class 1 Kushadevi Model School


Since January 2018 Kushadevi students have experienced an extra skip in a few teachers steps! All thanks to your support and generosity on our Global Giving campaign.

Saraswati, our UKG teacher said last week "To have had all that support has really boosted staff morale for all of us. It gives us hope and belief that things are changing and will continue to change here. We see smiling faces of children happy to come into school, and their parents who bring them here are more and more interested in the school and the education we are providing. This never happened before!”

Dixit, age 10, a student at Kushadevi believes that “all the different things I learn here make me want to learn more! I even ask my dad for extra time for my homework and he lets me do my homework instead of my housework.”

This vital educational programme is centred on working hard to ensure Kushadevi Model School is seen as the central heart beat of the community, and the value and potential of a quality education is recognised by children, parents, guardians, employers, teachers, local and regional authorities. The visible and online support you gave the campaign helped our team to use it as a catalyst reach out to more families.

Since January we have run activities including:

  • A teacher training course on child-centred learning techniques;
  • Bought new 50 new books for the library;
  • Continued to employ 11 teachers and teaching assistants;
  • Who have taught a total of 76 lessons, 5 days a week;
  • Provided 370 children with safe drinking water every day;
  • Improved 10 classes' Learning Environments with decorations of work and learning corners; 
  • Facilitated 5 bikes clubs and run 3 bike mechanic and skills lessons

And more - This is all possible because of the generosity of wonderful people like you. Thank you. Please do keep up to date on our blog or sign up to our newsletter to find out more! 

Class 4 enjoying a break!
Class 4 enjoying a break!
Concentrating hard in UKG
Concentrating hard in UKG
Training January 12th
Training January 12th

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