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Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal

by Freedom to Learn
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal

Hello to all of you, our wonderful supporters! We hope you are well and keeping safe and connected right now. Despite the unusual and difficult times we currently face, activities, education and support is of course still happenng accross all of our schools.

As I’m sure you can imagine, Coronavirus has been at the forefront of the majority of our work over the last months. We have been working very closely with our team in Nepal to monitor the situation. The Kavre district has seen a spike in the number of infections over the last two weeks. As we are sure you have also been feeling, many of our students and their families are experiencing anxiety - with so much unknown, fear of the impact of the lockdown and also of course, the risk of becoming infected. Although all schools are closed, our teaching staff are in regular contact with students and their families, not only with school work but also to listen, offer support and connection for families who are especially isolated. 

We are therefore very aware of the struggles many of our students and families are now facing, with many of them experiencing job loss and unable to keep up with loan repayments and everyday expenses such as food costs. This has been a big concern for us and a significant part of the work in the last few weeks. You may be aware of the emergency fund that Freedom to Learn have set up and we are using this money to support the families who have been hit the hardest by Coronavirus situation by supplying them with essential food packages, seeds to grow crops and educations packs to continue home learning for students. 

We have experienced amazing support from many or our supporters as well as the fantastic generosity from Milford-on-sea Primary School who took on the 2.6 Challenge and raised an incredible £1,897!! We can’t thank you all enough for your support during this testing time. And we wish you and your families all the very best. Stay well and stay connected.

 With all our best wishes,

 Everyone on the Freedom to Learn Team

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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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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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Devising solution with the local Mayor
Devising solution with the local Mayor

We would love to share with you some of our amazing stats from this last year. You generous donation has gone a long way in making our programmes such a success. 

Academic Results:

We are delighted to report that 86% of students passed their end of year exam with over a 90% score - This is a fantastic achievement!! We are so proud of all the hard work students and teachers have put in to prepare for the exams this year - congratulations to them. This is because of a wide variety of approaches we take, including: 

English:

We have taught 6,108 English lessons in 4 schools in the last academic year. That has meant 624 students have been given the opportunity to learn English in a fun and engaging way, daily. We use fun techniques in the classroom that encourage students to speak as much English as possible such as singing and role play. Our students also love English Club which gives the chance for students to practice their learned spoken English, watch English speaking films and cartoons. Spoken English is a valuable skill in Nepal increases students employability and confidence. 

Wellbeing and the School Community:

More than 600 students and 36 teachers participated in the Freedom to Learn's crucial programme - Act on Education, a creative and active advocacy platform that brings about workable commute led change to the school community. The programme equips students with essential skills needed to speak about the issues they face accessing education. Then we carefully facilitate a series of meetings, events and activities together with teachers, school management, parents, policy makers and employers devise solutions to address those difficulties. After this process those solutions being to be put in place - positive community led changes that make the schools more engaging and nurturing learning environments. 

Out of this process have included parent and friends associations being set up to support the schools, volunteer cleaning rota’s, financial support for hot school meals, regular parent and teacher meetings, increased teacher and students attendance, and more. 

This process also works on team-working skills, building self-esteem and self determination. 97% of students aged between 13-16 state they have an increase of confidence from the workshops. 92% of teachers have reported “significant increase in student engagement in class”, vital to the teaching learning processes in the classroom required for a quality education. 

 

So Thank You!

We would like to thank you once again for your support. Without people like you our work would really not be possible. Together we are able to continue to make a difference to hundreds of children every year by giving them the education the deserve.

 

Thank you, we wish you a great end of the Summer :0) 

Parent Meeting at Kushadevi School
Parent Meeting at Kushadevi School
AoE student workshop - what are the issues faced?
AoE student workshop - what are the issues faced?
Creative English Holiday Club
Creative English Holiday Club

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Some of our students having fun practicing yoga
Some of our students having fun practicing yoga

The New Year Begins…

It has been a busy few months here at Freedom to Learn!  We enjoy sharing with you all the important work we are doing, none if which we can manage without your fantastic and committed support. 

The start of the academic year has begun in Nepal, with an exciting flurry of activity. Our amazing average annual exam pass rates of 82% last year has buoyed the team on for an even more creative and fun academic year. Classrooms have been decorated, teachers have been busy planning and preparing for the learning ahead, and we look to 2019-2020 with anticipation for what will be achieved in the coming terms.  

Amongst other activities our Edulift team have also completed their Explorer Course and careers counselling workshops over April supporting as some of our older students to go onto higher education and employment this year. A further 34 students have been learning to ride bikes over the winter, most of them now riding to school on their bikes every day. 

Our Summer Events

We are very excited to be celebrating the International Yoga Day on the 21st June at Incuhive in New Milton. We are lucky enough to have the support from 2 brilliant teachers from the Amethyst Cave who will be leading both yoga and meditation sessions. All money raised will go to support our students in Nepal. 

Here in the UK, the team have been busy planning the yoga event and in Nepal, our students have been getting involved too by practicing some yoga themselves! As well as this Freedom to Learn will also be hosting the First Friday Lunch at the Milford Community Centre on the 7th of June. We hope we can welcome many of you to these events and for more info email imogen@freedomtolearn.org.uk.

Sister School Programme

We would like to take this opportunity to tell you about our Sister School programme. Milford-on-Sea Primary School is linked with Kushadevi Model School with joint projects running collaboratively in each school. These include live FaceTime sessions and cultural exchange workshops, celebrating festivals from both communities, exchanging learning experiences and knowledge on a wide variety of topics. 

Recently we have focused on the Sustainable Development Goals of Good Health and Wellbeing and Quality Education. This enables students on both sides to develop cultural awareness of each others’ community, and their responsibility in the global community we live in today. 

Thank you…!

Because of your donations we can continue to employ well trained excellent and committed teachers and facilitators who support over two thousand students in Kavre. Thank you. 

Sister School Programme Live Link-up
Sister School Programme Live Link-up
Teacher Bina with some of her students
Teacher Bina with some of her students

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Location: Milford-on-Sea, Hamsphire - United Kingdom
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Joey Owen
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