Construction of classrooms at Thakursthan
The Santi School Project has been busy this summer in Nepal. We recently completed two new school buildings, will soon finish another, and have placed four more Shanti Education Fellows at different rural schools.
First, our construction projects:
Project #1: Bagh Bhairab Secondary School in Chaughare, in Lalitpur district, 40 kilometers away from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.
Originally built in 1960, the school has 14 staff and more than 250 students to grade 10. The school conducts its classes and administrative activities in 10 rooms. Since at least 12 rooms are required for its basic operations, it has partitioned its classrooms into smaller rooms to provide a room to each grade.
To provide additional classrooms, the District Education Office, Lalitpur, awarded a partial grant to complete the construction of a four-room building. With the assistance of the District Development Office, Lalitpur, and the Village Development Office, Chaughare, it completed the construction of two rooms and completed the frame for two more rooms. The school asked us to complete these two rooms so that classes can be conducted in those rooms.
Work was completed on August 7, 2013. The school management committee contributed 25 percent of the estimated cost of about NRs. 670,000 ($8,000).
Project #2: Guru Lower Secondary School, in Bukhel, Lalitpur district, about 40 kilometers away from Lalitpur ring road, Satdobato.
Built in 1980, the school has 13 staff and more than 200 students up to grade 8. The school conducts nine different classes in two buildings with just seven classrooms.
To address this, the Bukhel village development committee had provided assistance to the school to construct a two room concrete building. As the funds available was not sufficient to complete the building, the school could only finish up the frame for the building and classes could not be conducted in the building.
Work is expected to be completed by mid August. The estimated cost of this project is around NRs. 400,000 ($4,600).
Project #3: Thakursthan Lower Secondary School, in Budhakhani, Kaverepalanchowk district, about 75 kilometers away from Kathmandu, and an hour walking distance from a nearby gravel road.
The school has eight teachers and staff serving more than 160 students up to grade 7. It was established in 1996.
The school plans to upgrade to grade 8 in the upcoming year. It has received a partial grant from the District Education Office, Kavrepalanchowk, to complete a two-room building. However, considering the future need, the school is planning to add a room to the building. With the lack of financial resources, the school could not complete even the two-room building.
We helped the school complete the two-room building and add a third room to it. We also helped the school set up a drinking water system. Work was completed in July.
Shanti Education Fellows
We have placed four volunteers, Anjeela Budha Magar, Ashik Gurung, Chandan Mishra, and Pranav Man Shrestha from Nepal, at Vishwamitra Secondary School in Lubhu; Sisnery Secondary School, Shringery Secondary School, and Bashuki Secondary School of Lamatar, in Lalitpur, respectively. They will stay at their school for a month.
Shanti Education Fellows is an innovative program for Nepal, which lacks a strong tradition of volunteerism, encourages young high school graduates from an urban background to serve at our schools in the countryside.
Transporting bricks at Bagh Bhairab