Kent College Junior School Nepal
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, and access to a full education is important for long term development. This project will extend a school building that has provision only for children from 4 years to 8 years of age, so that they reach district examination level (aged 12 years).
December 2010 - May 2011
Lahachowk 3 is a very poor farming district with scattered settlements. 50% of adults are illiterate as many have been unable to complete even a basic education. SHIVA charity has improved nursery provision there, and built four classes for lower junior school, but the children by the age of 8 have to move on to schools which are several kilometres away, and are often reluctant to do so. Parents and the community are worried about their children's daily trek in all weathers, and often stop them.
Access to a central junior school catering for children to the age of 12 years, with trained staff, will help children in the community to become literate, numerate, and more successful in contributing towards a better future. We will build a further four class rooms as a second storey to the new ground floor building that was built by the charity and funded by Kent College in Pembury (UK).
To provide a good quality junior school education for the children in the district of Lahachowk 3
Activities» To build the second storey of the junior school with furniture and fittings.
Success will be demonstrated by the intake of 8, 9, 10 and 11 year old children in May 2011 to the school, and the quality of teaching and learning in a pleasant environment.
The school intake should increase year upon year and the quality of teaching improve. The students' educational achievements should impact positively on the community, and the value of education be more widely recognised by the parents. This will be demonstrated by an improvement in standards reached in the secondary SLC exams, and in the increase in literacy, numeracy. SHIVA Charity will be able to monitor district exam results, and give creative resources training, as it does normally in Nepal
Parents removing their children from school in order to put them to work in the fields, is a national problem in Nepal. SHIVA Charity has fostered a good positive relationship with the local community, and close links with the staff, through its resources training programme. We should be able to minimise this risk through meetings and discussion. There are no real building related risks.
Reporting to donors will be through email updates, photos and video, at least twice in the year, as well as modifications to the "Kent College" page on the SHIVA Charity web site.
Budget - Project Cost: £12,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £5,950 building iron rods, cement, brick, sand £1,300 fixtures doors windows £2,180 furniture desks, whiteboards, chairs £2,570 labour builders, plasterers, painters
Lahachowk 3 District is an hours trek from the main Lahachowk area and is near Pokhara in West Nepal. Its track is accessible by heavy vehicles, and a bridge over a river has to be crossed to get to the school. It is a valley farming region, and a very poor community. Farm labourers receive the equivalent of £20 per month.
The 250 families that live in Lahachowk 3 will benefit by having a school that is accessible to their children. The (up to 200) students will not need to walk long distances to other schools. They will receive a free education, the (eventually 10) teachers being provided with ongoing monthly funding from Kent College in Pembury.
SHIVA Charity have already improved the nursery building and built the ground floor of the proposed junior school. We know the area and have other projects nearby. We are a charity interested in the quality of teaching and teachers' resources training.
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Bikram Gurung lives nearby and is a SHIVA Charity field worker. He has already overseen the building of the ground floor in 2008.
Devraj is a teacher who has been trained by SHIVA Charity in the use of creative resources. He will oversee the curriculum.
Anil is the project manager. He will oversee the distribution of materials to the builders and report back to me on the progress of the project.