Pre-K students in existing Tettishkoti classroom
ETC's standard practice of collaborating closely with the beneficiaries of our programs - throughout all stages, from planning to execution and evaluation - is a key reason why our work is so effective. By engaging the target population all along, we ensure that we are doing what is actually needed instead of what we assume is needed. Our collaborative approach also builds local leaders' and residents' commitment to sustaining the work, both immediately and in the long run.
Here's just one example:
Mr. Khadga Dhwoj Khadka, headmaster of Shree Tettishkoti Primary school in Lamidanda VDC, says that he is very happy "to have got an opportunity to work with ETC because of its transparent working style....Moreover, their active follow up and monitoring work is also praiseworthy." (emphasis added)
During the program year that ended on June 30th, the students and staff at Mr. Khadka's school benefited from 10 new sets of desks and benches, classroom supplies and educational materials, an office table and five chairs, and 100 meters of pipe and a water tank. (It should be noted that Lamidanda VDC often has problems with water shortages, so that capturing and storing rain water is particularly important for schools there.)
Two Tettishkoti staff members also participated in our professional development opportunities: trainings for materials development (using readily available items to create enriching and useful classroom materials) and music therapy (helping young children cope with everyday and extraordinary stress through music and movement).
In the months to come, Tettishkoti will also be one of at least six schools at which sturdy, two-room buildings will be constructed, furnished, and supplied. You can see from the photos that the existing classrooms, while adequate as temporary facilities, could certainly bear improvement to be safer, more comfortable, and more welcoming learning spaces for young children.
Tettishkoti is a relatively small school, with only 82 students and six teachers, so this assistance has made and will continue to make a very significant positive impact! Mr. Khadka and his staff and students are very pleased and grateful to work with ETC, as are the staff and students at the other 53 schools ETC supported in the year that ended on June 30th.
As always, we at ETC thank you very much for making it possible.
Mira Rana, ETC's Nepal Director, at Tettishkoti