As part of the Support a Child campaign, a volunteer from England, Ms. Anna Waters has been conducting English language classes to school students in Lalitpur. Anna started her semi weekly classes at Shree Minnath Aadarsha Shikshya Sadan Lower Secondary School in April 2014. Every Monday and Tuesday, she goes to school at around 9 am and teaches English to the students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Since this school is a government-managed institution and classes are taught in Nepalese language, it was initially difficult for her to get through to the students and encourage them to learn the language. The students didn’t understood English, and were very shy to communicate with their new native English-speaking teacher. However, the children were quick to learn and have taken to their English classes with great enthusiasm.
In grade 7, where Anna has been teaching English, students are hard-working and dedicated to their studies. Pabitra is a particularly diligent student who puts in all her effort when doing her homework. Anna comments, “She is a very good student: she speaks very well and attempts to improve her English language skills. In fact, she is one of the top students in the class. And she strives for more. The spark in her eyes when she learns something new catches fire and there is nothing that can stop her from learning more then.”
Dacchina is another dedicated student. “All of her work is of a very high standard and she takes her work very seriously,” Anna shares. Ever since Anna came to teach, students like Dacchina and Pabitra have been improving their English rapidly. She feels that it is, ironically, partly due to the language barrier. “English is the only language we can communicate in so they have to make special efforts to make that possible,” Anna comments.
The students’ English classes have had positive effects on their other studies as well – students had been struggling with their computer education, which is mostly based in English. Since they started learning more about the language, however, they have been showing signs of improvement in their I.T. knowledge.
Unfortunately, despite the students’ best efforts to increase their I.T. skills, the school lacks the equipment which they need to be able to study effectively. The entire school has only four computers for around 150 students and only two of them are currently working. At least four children are forced to share one computer. This further complicates the situation, as now the enthusiasm of the children is suffering and their frustration is clear. As the students do not have computers at home, they are dependent on their I.T. classes to be able to learn the skills they will need for their future education and careers. Without sufficient computers at school, students are having great difficulty gaining these vital skills.
In response to this situation, Anna has initiated a micro project where she aims to raise US$2,000 to buy six computers for the school. The micro project’s name is ‘Provide Six Computers For Nepali School Students’, and it is being run in conjunction with ECCA’s ‘Support a Child’ campaign. Anna believes that this project will greatly help the students to continue improving in their studies and computer education.
Can you help to support this initiative? Your support will, as always, help these students to be able to stand on their own feet. Your donations for Provide Six Computers For Nepali School Students will be extremely valued.
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