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 Education  Nepal Project #35795

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

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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It has been a busy few months here at Freedom to Learn and we are excited to be able to update you on how your support is continuing to make such a difference to the students we work with in Nepal. The majority of our students come from some of the most marginalised and vulnerable communities in the hilly regions of the Himalayas. We work hard to improve the confidence and wellbeing of our students, achieving this by creating a creative learning environment and getting parents and the wider community involved in the education of their children. Here are two examples of how we do it......

 

Picnic time

Last week our students in Kushadevi had an exciting excursion in the beautiful outdoors. The teachers arranged a fun day for the students to enjoy a picnic together. It was a chance for the students to learn about their natural surroundings, and also what makes a healthy diet and for them to create happy memories with their fellow classmates and teachers. We encourage activities like the picnic as it is an educational opportunity but also gives the children a chance to enjoy nature and to play with one another. Many of our students work up to 6 hours a day before and after school, moments like this are very precious to them. We recognise this and nurture all of our students whilst at school ensuring they receive a quality education but also space to be children; to play and have fun with their classmates.

 

Ride for Life- Sunils story

Our Ride for Life programme continues to be a success, with more students encouraged to attend school because they will be able to learn how to ride a bike and maintain it. Our skilled and passionate facilitators run workshops once a week across 5 schools. For many of our students this is the first time they will have ridden a bike. We would like to tell you about one of our students named Sunil. Sunil, like many of our students, comes from a difficult background. He did not see the point of attending school and decided to leave and to work as a bus conductor. This is a hazardous job that is not suitable for a boy as young as Sunil. Our staff were increasingly concerned about Sunil’s welfare living in the streets and working on the buses, and through our outreach programme the team were able to talk with Sunil and persuade him to come back to school to continue his education. Sunil mentioned his interest in the bikes so the facilitators asked Sunil if he would like to help out with the workshops and could also use a bike if he came back to school. Sunil was delighted with this offer and has since returned home and is attending school every day, as well as assisting the Ride for Life team with bike maintenance and of course riding the bikes too! If it wasn’t for the bikes Sunil would still be living with other street children and working the buses, not attending school regularly and getting the experience of volunteering and supporting other children to learn to ride bikes. His is one story of many made possible by your generosity. 

 

Thank you again for your generous support! You make it possible for us to improve the access to and quality of education to over 3000 students in Nepal.

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Freedom to Learn

Location: Milford-on-Sea, Hamsphire - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @ftluk
Project Leader:
Joey Owen
New Milton, Hamsphire United Kingdom
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