Education  Nepal Project #11629

UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal

by Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)
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UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal
UN SDG 4: Tackling Education Inequality in Nepal

Summer season brings with it enthusiastic and engaged young people as part of our groups season. This has seen a huge effort in completing large scale school renovations.

The last 3 months have seen the bulk of the monsoon rains come and go with varying degrees of intensity. We have seen the lush green rice paddy fields spring forth with vigour and the water buffalo laze quietly in the lake lagoons along the road to our projects. 

Monsoon season is when we typically host many of our group programs, with students from all around the world descending on Pokhara to assist communities and trek through some beautiful landscapes. 

As part of our groups and Under 18 programs run in the last quarter, we have made significant progress in our partner schools to the renovation of classrooms. 

At Simpani Government School we completed the renovation of 7 classrooms and a staff room. This included stripping back the walls of old posters and scrubbing them clean, puttying and sanding back damaged areas. The groups then primed and painted the walls, and finished it all off with a scrub of the floor and desk benches. Over 50 students and young people were involved in helping to get this done. It was a huge effort and we were thankfully supported by passionate group's staff who jumped in to help us during this busy time. 

Painting at Dhungeshal Government School has also involved one of the groups who managed to complete 2 classrooms, a remaining 3 classrooms were completed by regular volunteers in the following month. The regular volunteers also managed to complete giving the outside of the building a fresh coat of paint, finishing off by cutting in around the window frames and doors. 

We have begun to assist in the building of a new toilet block at Yamdi Government School. The school had received a grant to help fund this, and we are contributing a small portion as well for basic materials, as well as helping with labour. The toilet block will meet a much needed demand in the school, which currently has no safe toilet access, especially for very young students. As part of the toilet block, a disability access ramp, and more disability conscious style bathroom is being installed, as part of government and local efforts to be more accessible for people needing disability access. 

A healthcare intern designed and with the assistance of several fellow volunteers, built 2 raised garden beds at Pame Government School. We also planted a number of fruit trees. The idea is that children can have lessons on growing food sustainably and have produce to take home. Each class will be assigned a different role: weeding, watering, harvesting etc. 

Teaching coordinator Rhythm, recently completed his ILM (International Leadership Management) course and with discussion at Hemja Government School, decided to renovate a space to be used for a computer lab/computer lessons. The walls were stripped back and painted, installing painted artwork of computers, to create an engaging and fun space for children to learn and practise using IT equipment. Next step the installation of the computer and printer! 

Our food programs continue to run in Male Patan and Boy's Home, where access to food ensures that learning outcomes are maximised.

As the year continues we are reminded of the generosity of so many people who chose to work alongside us. By choosing to support our work, you not only provide financial assistance to the projects, but you bolster the hope and belief amongst the community that they deserve to be supported and given opportunities. It inspires staff to continue striving for better and reminds all of us of the power of generosity. We look forward to welcoming new and existing funders into our journey this year.

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Dear Supporters, 

Over the last 3 months our teams have been busy utilising GVI Trust funds to continue renovations and upgrades to education facilities, build student desks, and support community access to emergency health treatment and training opportunities.

The seasons are changing in Pokhara and the landscape is beginning to heave under the swell of monsoon rains. One of the communities that we partner with is in an isolated area, along narrow and bumpy often flooded roads, not far from the lively streets of Pokhara. Here they had limited access to medical treatment and in emergencies were restricted to private vehicles or public transport to seek medical attention. Through discussions with community partners we were able to help fund the purchase of equipment and supplies to fit out an Ambulance. This has been a long journey for the community but one that will undoubtedly save lives and help to reduce the long term impacts of delayed treatments for serious illnesses.

Our hardworking construction team have continued their desk building project, constructing almost 20 benches, and 4 mini-benches since the start of the project. These have had a wonderful knock on effect in the schools, with student’s ability to concentrate and be more comfortable in the classrooms improving pointedly.

Other improvement work around schools was carried out, most notably a recycling and rubbish collection station. Many schools in Nepal don’t have safe places to be able to dispose of their rubbish and waste material, with many students not knowing where to put their rubbish. The team designed, and alongside local tradesmen built a structure for the rubbish, creating an easily accessible and obvious point for waste to be taken to.

Our focus is now on educating and role modelling how to use the rubbish disposal spot, making sure that it will be a sustained change and improvement to the school grounds and students attitudes towards waste. This is exciting work, and the education side of this project will get under way shortly.

We were fortunate enough to host a workshop, delivered by Dr Bryan McAlllister Grande, a GVI Sustainable Development Fellow. The workshop focus was on “Becoming a Researcher: Empirical Research Design and Programme Evaluation.” The focus of the research was decided following consultation with local organisations and was well represented with 18 participants total. One of the aims of the workshops was to increase and level the playing field of access to further training and development, and it certainly achieved this. It was so wonderful to see over the course of the week, the informal networking that was happening between organisation. The week was finished with many new connections and support networks, making it far more than simply running the six workshops.  

Our food program at the local Boy’s Home and Male Patan Child Care continues and we are able to have a strong influence into the health of those young children by ensuring that they are having access to nutritious food. By ensuring access to this basic need we are consequentially improving their learning outcomes, making it easier to concentrate and learn well on a full stomach.

As the year continues we are reminded of the generosity of so many people who chose to work alongside us. By choosing to support our work, you not only provide financial assistance to the projects, but you bolster the hope and belief amongst the community that they deserve to be supported and given opportunities. It inspires staff to continue striving for better and reminds all of us of the power of generosity. We look forward to welcoming new and existing funders into our journey this year!

All the best, 

Nepal 

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Dear Supporters,

Over the last 3 months our teams have been busy utilising GVI Trust funds to continue renovations and upgrades to education facilities, build student desks, and makeover learning spaces.

With little to no weather restrictions lately our teams have been busy improving the environment that students learn in. This goes a long way to improving their educational outcomes and engages them in learning in a way they hadn’t been able to before.   

By investing in these upgrades we are physically investing in the futures of these young scholars and providing them with more tools to succeed.

An intern led the planning and oversaw the renovation of a small room at one of our partner schools, turning it into a library where lessons can be taught to eager students. Our construction team built shelving and storage units to house books, and the walls were freshly painted, adding a mural of a learning tree.

A love of music is something that is instilled at a very young age in many of us, and here in Nepal it is very much a connection to culture and heritage. With that in mind, a music room at the Tibetan School, which we helped to build last year, is now in its final stages of completion. We have been busy building storage shelving for instruments and cementing an area outside the room to use for traditional Tibetan dance practise. It is very special to see the pride in the face of the community for these spaces which they know will serve as strong bridges for the creativity and culture of their young.   

With the assistance of one of our participants we have designed sturdy, durable student desks, complete with a storage ledge underneath. These will make sure that as well as having a desk to sit at, students will be comfortable and not cramped. Also built were a number of desks for teachers, so that they had somewhere to mark papers and assist students throughout lessons.   

We continue to support the daily meals at the Boy’s Home and Male Patan Early Childhood Education Centre through the GVI trust. This is a really important part of our support for them and ensures that nutritional meals are being provided for young minds.

As the year is just beginning we feel so fortunate to work with such collaborative partners who are always so responsive to working with us. We are also incredibly grateful to have the support of such eager donor’s, fundraisers and supporters, without who, we would not be able to complete any of the work mentioned above. It truly is a privilege to be able to work in the way that we do and we thank you for your support in this.  We look forward to welcoming new and existing funders into our journey this year.

With Gratitude, 

GVI Nepal

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Dear Supporters,

Access to water and clean toilets is the right of every student and staff member in any school around the world.  Unfortunately these two basic rights are not always available and lack of toilet and water facilities can lead to absenteeism meaning valuable learning opportunities are lost.

Recently a project in a rural Govt school led to vast improvements in the bathrooms. Formerly the facilities were dark and had no windows so students feared going inside especially in the darker winter months. Students used to run home to go to the bathroom rather than enter the dark space which they also found unclean. Unfortunately the conditions of the toilets also made them very difficult to keep clean.

Funds from this project allowed for some great improvements to be made. The new bathroom facility consists of two stalls with a toilet in each. They are built in such a way that cleaning is easy and therefore the facilities are far more hygienic. Windows have been built in both stalls so that the staff and students have plenty of light to see.

This improved sanitary facilities goes along with the education programme that is delivered weekly in the school with a focus on handwashing and it’s fantastic to see the students happily accessing the toilet facilities.

Improvements such as this are significant and the funds make a valuable contribution to the lives of both students and their teachers.

This project will continue to contribute to the improvement of bathroom facilities at the Government schools and also support other improvements to school facilities.  Now it’s the dry season it is an ideal time to make improvements such as replacing and repairing leaking roof and repainting classrooms, these are both projects that will be done in the coming months.

Thank you so much for all your support in 2018 - We are looking forward to a successful 2019 with you! 

All our best, 

GVI Nepal 

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Dear Supporters,

Nepal's community project continue to support a range of improvements to facilities. Our support can improve the buildings and structrues of a variety of school and learning centres and this in turn improves the working environment for teachers as well as students. It also makes the community proud of their local school. Education is such a key in the life of every child so facilities should support this.

Throughout this year our funds have been supporting the development of a new Child Care Centre at Male Patan. The project has been steadily progressing and the children are not too far off being able to use the centre. Educational murals have been painted to add to the learning environment and to create an educational focus. The new centre now has toilets and running water as well funded by our donors. The next step is for a kitchen area to be completed to allow for meal preparation. Our funds also support a daily meal for the children at the centre.  Once the centre is up and running in its new home we will continue to support the improvement of the facilities by adding learning resources that allow the students to reach their developmental potential. As we know, if children can thrive in the early years, this sets them up for a greater success in education in later years. Resources such as outdoor play equipment to address gross motor development are an example of how we will continue to support the centre.

We have also been supporting a Government School in the village of Pame. Studies have shown that the availability of toilets and access to clean toilets has an effect on school attendance as well as the more obvious health benefits. Every student and staff member should have access to clean and working toilets which have doors to enable privacy. This current project in the village of Pame is to refurbish the toilets. The process involves retiling and repairing allowing running water to the area. Another part of the job is to add a skylight to the toilet block to allow more light. Children in the past have been reluctant to use the area because it is so dark, this will make them more comfortable to access the toilets. Donations have made this project possible and is part of our ongoing support with improving facilities at this school. This ongoing project is much appreciated and respected by members of the community.

Our project will continue to support the women and children in Nepal. An up and coming project is to replace the roof on a local school. At the moment, the monsoon rains mean that there is significant leakage into the class rooms. A new roof will ensure an improved learning environment for all students. The two ongoing projects outlined above will be continued and completed.

We thank all of our donors for their valuable support.

With Gratitude, 

GVI Nepal Community Team 

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