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

Dear Supporters,

The GVI Trust in conjunction with the local municipality is funding the building of a new childcare centre at Male Patan!

The Government Child Care Centre currently operates from a Community Hall.  Although work has been done to make it feel like a childcare centre, the reality is that the hall is also used for meetings and community gatherings making it difficult to get that real childcare centre environment.

For a Childcare centre, sharing the space with the community can be limiting.

The plan had always been that the Childcare would begin in the hall and then a purpose built centre would be established.  Many years later, the two staff and up to 30 children are still in the hall. However now, thanks to the GVI Trust, building is well underway.  

There was a basic structure of pillars and a roof to work from and it’s now close to being a functioning Childcare centre. The staff and children are looking forward to moving in.  

SDG 4 Quality Education has indicators relating to positive learning environments and the importance of education and development for children under the age of five. This centre will be established specifically with the developmental needs of the children in mind and once it is established, further funding can support resources and structures such as outdoor play equipment .

SDG  3 is about promoting health and well being and SDG 6 Clean water and sanitation. The centre already has some positive structures around health and hygiene namely toothbrushing and handwashing routines. However, the bathrooms have always been a challenge.  Importantly the children and staff will now will have their own toilets. At the current centre the bathrooms are available to the public so it is a challenge to keep them clean and safe for children. Now the toilets will solely be for use for the centre making it healthier and safer.  They are almost complete!

As the new centre is being built , the programme continues at the current centre and the GVI Trust continues to fund a daily meal for the children.  We are looking for this to continue in the new centre as well.

A purpose built centre gives value to the importance of education in the early years.  The early years are when significant learning and stimulation happens and this can then be built upon in the future.  The next steps is to ensure this government run childcare centre offers the same opportunities as other centres and so the next steps are looking at how we can support the centre with resources and equipment as well as training for staff to get the most out of this centre.

We look forward to showing you pictures of the completed centre!

We thank you for you support with this project and one of the great things is, the benefits will not only be for the current group of staff and children at the centre but also the children in the future. A positive, healthy and stimulating learning environment goes a long way toward supporting children to reach their developmental and learning goals.

With Love, 

GVI Nepal

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Dear Supporters,

Community projects have been very busy! During January, the construction team built a rubbish bin for the school where they could safely and easily store and burn rubbish. To help introduce the students to the new rubbish bin, the healthcare team prepared a lesson on the environment and the importance of picking up rubbish with Class 4 and 5. We went through why they should want to keep the environment clean and taught the students a song about picking up rubbish. The lesson finished with a clean-up of the school grounds which was very effective. The school has been noticeably cleaner since the completion of the bins.

The healthcare volunteers prepared short lessons on what we identified as common school injuries such as bleeding, bruises, burns and sprains and fractures. We presented the lessons to the teachers and included a practical element, making sure the teachers practised each skill with the appropriate equipment from a first aid kit. This made the lessons fun for the teachers and helped them to practise their skills. On completion of all the lessons the healthcare volunteers are preparing a first aid kit to donate to the school, along with posters detailing what was learnt in the lessons that can be posted in the staff room near the first aid kit for easy reference.

The Boys from the Boys Home have moved into their new home and are settling in well. They are enjoying the larger space and our teams are already working with the committee to plan gardens and play areas for the boys. Our support with the food programme continues. There is much anticipation at Male Patan Childcare Centre as a new centre is being built. This will mean they can move from the community hall and into a building that’s sole purpose is a childcare
centre. This is a great move for the staff and children. As the Nepali school year draws to an end some of the children are almost ready for school the learning programme offered at the centre prepares the children for this next step.

English conversation continues to be the main focus of our Women’s Empowerment project and the numbers of women keen to develop their skills continues to increase. It’s great to see the improvement in confidence as the women learn new vocabulary but also as they benefit from the social interaction brought about by the lessons.

Thank you so much for all your support to our project, 2018 is off to great start and we hope to achieve many things in the year ahead! 

With Gratitude, 

GVI Nepal Community 

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Dear Supporters,

As the monsoon season has ended we have been able to continue our outdoor construction work with more confidence. The team have worked hard to continue work at the new Boys Home. This has included plastering, painting and repairs. The team have also continued work at the Government school in Pame where the construction of a surrounding wall is underway and we have also started the construction of shelving for all of the classrooms. The new alphabet murals which were painted over the holidays were enthusiastically received by both students and teachers.

Our teaching programme at the Pame Government school is really taking shape with some great input into the English programme as well as health and hygiene routines. The children and teachers are really appreciating the lunchtime activities as well and are receiving them with great enthusiasm.

At the Boys' Home we have continued to support their daily meals and snacks through the GVI Trust. The individual programmes designed to support the boys are supporting their school curriculum. The boys have enjoyed the opportunity to continue science experiments with our team. They are also always keen to learn new games which is great because it encourages sharing, turn taking and in the case of the younger boys is a great way for them to practise addition.

At the childcare centre we have recently introduced a handwriting programme which focuses on developing fine motor skills in preparation for writing. The children have responded well and the programme has had the added bonus of helping to develop attention and focus in the children.

Our Women's Empowerment programme is always busy with many women keen to participate and improve their English conversation skills. One of the focusses has been working with female trekking guides and developing their confidence in conversation as they lead their clients on a trek. We are always keen to utilise the skills of our volunteers and a recent volunteer also worked with some of the women to teach braiding techniques.

We also made our way back to Bandipur recently where last year one of our school groups supported the building of an Early Learning Centre. We gave the building a fresh coat of paint, tidied the garden and made the school ready for the children after the holidays. It’s amazing what can be achieved in a day!

As the year draws to a close we thank all of our partners, staff and volunteers for their fabulous contributions to our projects.

With love, 

GVI Nepal 

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Dear Supporters,

It's been a productive three months in Pokhara and has been supported not only by our regular volunteers but also teams of under 18 and Service Learning groups. We have worked around the monsoon weather conditions to continue our work in improving educational facilities. A government school in the village of Pame benefitted from being repaired and repainted. The children were particularly appreciative of their playground equipment being repaired. We also supported improvements to the hostel at a boarding school in the Tibetan area and a Government school close by to the hostel. We were also very active in making furniture for Montessori schools such as cupboards and benches. At the Boys Home we have continued to support their daily meals and snacks through the GVI Trust. The programme we provide at the Boys Home continues to have a focus on challenging thinking and developing creativity. Among their favourite activities recently has been science tasks where the Boys developed simple electronic circuits, creative drawing is also a task they enjoy.

At the childcare centre we have continued to provide daily support for the healthy routines such as handwashing and toothbrushing. Through songs, rhymes and stories in particular the childrens English continues to develop steadily. Our local Nepali coordinator works with our volunteers to ensure the programme suits the developmental needs of the children and has just the right balance of skill development.

Our Conversation Club with local children in the Lakeside area continues to thrive and with an emphasis on creativity and problem solving the children show some good skill development. Sports and games sessions are a big favourite too. In two schools we continued to work on the WASH programme. At this stage the emphasis is on handwashing, tooth brushing and general hygiene. The monsoon made it timely for lessons on how heavy rains can affect the water supply, there were some great lessons on comparing water from different access points.

Our Women's Empowerment programme continues to support the local women in a variety of settings. Developing conversational English skills is a priority for the women however we have also included focuses such as First Aid training and health workshops as part of our work with them. Where developing English skills is concerned, the women have been making some impressive progress. The women have also taken the lead in teaching yoga to our volunteers which has been fun all round!

We wish to thank each and every donor for making a difference here in Nepal!

Best Wishes,

Cheryl 

Country Director - Nepal 

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Construction volunteers hard at work
Construction volunteers hard at work

Dear Supporters, 

During the last school holidays, a team of construction volunteers took on the job of repairing and repainting classrooms at Mount Kailash School in the Tibetan refugee area. 

     The School

The school was established back in the 1950s and was the source of education for families who had fled across the mountains and into Nepal. The refugee camp was established as well as the school.  Beside the school is the Tibetan Jangchub Monastery which all of our volunteers visit as part of their orientation in Nepal.  Whilst we learn about Nepali culture, it is also important to learn about the Tibetan people who have sought refuge in this country. We are always keen to support the school in this community where we can.

      The Improvement Project

The aim was for the school to be repainted ready for the start of the Nepali school year. It had been some time since the school had been painted and there was some patching and repairing work to be done as well. These are expensive and time-consuming tasks for schools that receive little funding.

We had a keen team of construction volunteers who prepared a tight schedule for themselves to get all the cleaning, clearing, patching and painting to be done in time for the new school year.  This didn't stop the volunteers from taking breaks to play games with the inquisitive children who wanted to see what was happening at their school! 

Six classrooms and one music room was repaired and painted, all the classrooms were cleaned and everything looked fresh and new in readiness for the school year to begin. The result is a much-improved learning environment for over 250 students!

The headmaster reported that the students, teacher and parents were delighted to see the classrooms! To show their gratitude, the school put on a performance for our volunteers. Traditional Tibetan songs and dance were much enjoyed by our construction team. We are always happy to support where we can but the gratitude shown by the school community was appreciated by our volunteers. We look forward to our ongoing relationship with the school.

Thank you for your continued support!

With Gratitude, 
GVI Nepal

A fresh lick of pain does wonders!
A fresh lick of pain does wonders!
Repairing some of the chairs too
Repairing some of the chairs too
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Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)

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