Providing primary education for 13,000 ethnic Tibetan children living in poverty in one of the most isolated and extreme environments in the world: above 10,000 ft in the Indian Himalayas.
Children have to walk miles to reach an ill-equipped classroom, without heating or electricity in temperatures as low as -40C, & typically with an absentee teacher. The curriculum is based on things from plains-India and irrelevant to the children’s mountain lives. It is also in Hindi or English rather than their mother-tongue. Consequently literacy levels range from 0%-40%, the drop-out rate 48%, & communities remain trapped in poverty. 13,000 children across 600 villages will benefit.
Establish 136 Supplementary Schools, 5 Resource Centers and 17 Resource Libraries, and train 272 local teachers. 38 of the Supplementary Schools in the most remote villages will be provided with solar energy to ensure heating and power.
Children in the High Himalayas all have access to high quality primary education; girls equally to boys. The community recognizes the value of culturally relevant education that gives them livelihoods opportunities; reducing poverty.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).