Guranse Primary School pre-primary student
How has the generosity of friends like you helped to ensure a better educational experience for 4,426 students at 29* Dolakha schools?
By supporting new and renovated facilities, better supplied classrooms, and useful professional development opportunities for school staff.
ETC is in the process of constructing new buildings (2-3 rooms each) at six schools. You can see the construction work in progress in one of the photos below, and you can see last year's similar buildings being put to good use in the other two photos below.
The other 23 schools are also benefiting from our School Improvement Program through receiving such needed items as classroom and office furniture, new or rebuilt toilets, water infrastructure (tanks/pipes/faucets), and computers.
All 29 schools have received and will continue to receive educational and recreational materials. These simple items are so important for a quality school experience, yet these cash-strapped rural schools often have to do without such items.
That's the "hardware." On the "software" side, our teacher training opportunities continue to be well attended and received. Most recently, 35 teachers took part in our highly popular music therapy training, where they learned to incorporate music and movement into their lesson plans and teaching methods. ETC first offered this training opoprtunity about a year ago, and there was strong demand for another multi-day session, which we were delighted to be able to provide.
We also support the school headmasters by helping them connect more effectively and regularly with their peers. ETC facilitates headmasters' meetings (held quarterly) and field visits for observation of best practices. In fall 2016, as our Nepal staff reports, "Headmasters learned about the administrative management, classroom management, child-friendly classrooms, child-centered teaching methods used by the teachers, library management, use of technology while teaching, and laboratory management etc. of different schools through direct observation."
All of this matters to the 4,426 enrolled children's futures in ways that we who are in more fortunate situations often take for granted.
As always, we thank you very much for your continued interest in ETC's work. We couldn't do it without you!
* Before the spring 2015 earthquakes, ETC was working with 30 schools covering grades pre-primary through 12. One of the smallest schools has not yet reopened, and its students are attending the next closest schools until such time as it does reopen.
Guranse Primary School pre-primary classroom
Deurali Primary School
Construction at Bhagwati Lower Secondary School