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Posted by: In: Donations 06 Aug 2012 0 comments

Larry Grant, on a recent visit to Scotland, madea generous donation to Nepal Schools Trust.
On behalf of the communities in Nepal and all of the Trustees, I want to thank Larry for his ongoing support.
Chris Dickinson – Chairman

Posted by: In: Volunteers 06 Aug 2012 0 comments

Nepal Schools Trust is delighted to announce that Scherie Nicol, a Senior Reasearcher at the Scottish Parliament, has become the first overseas volunteer in Pragatinagar and Devchuli.  She is currently in the middle of a two month stay.  She is seen here drawing drinking water from the newly installed filtration system at Narayani Primary School.

Scherie is staying with the family of the Head Teacher of Manakamana Primary School (below)


Scherie receiving the tradionally warm welcome from the school staff, Chairman and students

Whilst in the village she will be carrying out a number of tasks for the Trust

  • English language conversational classes for teachers and adults
  • English language conversational classes from some students
  • Coordinating and recruiting 32 teachers to take part in teacher training in Kathmandu through Nepal Schools Aid, a UK charity providing one week foundation courses
  • Evaluating previous Nepal Schools Trust initiatives through inspections and questionnaires
  • Beginning arrangements in every school (of 20) for the roll out of filtered water systems
  • Working with Nepal Schools Aid staff to produce a health education training package
  • Identifying what clubs, agencies, facilities are in existence in the VDCs outside schools
  • Making recommendations for deploying future volunteers.

We all wish Scherie well in her endeavours and hope that she finds the experience enjoyable and inspiring.


 Scherie learns the art of rice planting with the locals
 The Head of Kirtipur school completes a questionnaire about the usefulness of current Nepal Schools Trust support.
 
 Manakamana’s temporary bamboo and grass building before…………………
 ………….and after a recent monsoon storm.
This school is a Nepal Schools Trust priority for assistance this year.

Posted by: In: Volunteers 31 Jul 2012 0 comments
Fendercare MarineA huge thank you to the staff at Fendercare Marine, in Seething, Norfolk for lending us their immaculate waistlines for one day – they generously agreed to eat cake on behalf of Nepal Schools Trust to help raise funds to send our deaf children at Jana Jyoti for assessments.  A grand total of £38.22 was raised on the day and they are willing to do this again – although I am sure it was a difficult task!!  Very many thanks for your support everyone.  Four children can go for a hearing assessment as a result of your help!

Posted by: In: Teaching 23 Jul 2012 0 comments

 

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We are delighted to announce a collaboration with Nepal Schools Aid. This follows our very successful collaboration with the Scottish charity, Books Abroad, last year when we air freighted books to 16 schools.
To see a report on that initiative click HERE

Pragatinagar school kids (photo Kyle Hamilton)

Nepal Schools Aid

This UK charity has a well established and quality teacher training programme running in Kathmandu for Primary Teachers and are trying to roll out places to some rural teachers in Nepal.  With this in mind they contacted Nepal Schools Trust and we are delighted to say that we have been able to agree to 32 teachers from Pragatinagar and Devchuli’s 16 Primary Schools (i.e. 2 teachers per school) being provided with funding from us to travel to and stay in Kathmandu whilst Nepal Schools Aid will provide the training courses free of charge to trainees.  Scherie Nicol, currently in the village on our behalf , is making the initial admninistrative arrangements, Chris Dickinson, Chairman and other trustees have approved funding and the teachers will go in groups of 8 to four week long courses between now and November.  Chris Dickinson, Trust Chairman, plans to observe on a course when in Nepal in November.

We look forward to our teachers attending these courses, hearing about their experiences and hopefully seeing the benefits in our classrooms of improved learning for children.

It is a wonderful example of how collaboration between small charities can so quickly and effectively bring additional benefits to both charities, but more importantly to the target communities that we seek to help.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone at Nepal Schools Aid for identifying us as a potential partner and we hope that we can make further collaborations in the future.

To see the Nepal Schools Aid website click HERE or a report on this item on THEIR NEWS BLOG

Posted by: In: Teaching 19 Jun 2012 0 comments
Hot off the Press!

SLC – Iron Bar Exams in Nepal

Students with the help of the amazing staff at Bhimsen Ardarsha School in Pragatinagar have achieved the top school result in Nepal in the SLC exams this year.  187 Students sat the exam, out of which 87 gained a Distinction and 90 gained First Division.  If that is not impressive enough one of the students from Bhimsen received a score of 92% which is the top mark in Nepal.

Congratulations to all staff who we know work so hard to support their students in this excellent school.  And to the students – your futures are very bright – good luck with all you do. 

Posted by: In: Fundraising 29 May 2012 0 comments
ITS NOT JUST FOR GIRLS!!

Jana Jyoti Model Girls High School in Pragatinagar is not just for girls!  There is a specialist unit within the school for 42 deaf students. boys and girls, who receive wonderful support and education within classes and also practically learning crafts and farming skills.  Without the benefit of western child assessment these students have never had their hearing potential assessed.  We have found a possibility for this through an Australian charity, Hearing Project Nepal, who have set up an Auditory Assessment facility in Pokhara, and are offering free assessments.  This appeal is to raise £500 to cover the costs of taking all the students there to see and understand a little of their country, and discover if any of them could benefit from the use of hearing aids. 

Above is a photograph of some of the children with their teachers and carers receiving gifts brought by a family of Canadians who visited our project in Nepal.  Any help for this trip for these children will be very gratefully received.

Posted by: In: Fundraising 23 May 2012 0 comments

THE CIRCUS COMES TO LALI GURANS NURSERY SCHOOL!

Two children from Norwich, decided to hold a sale of toys they no longer played with.  They raised £25 and asked us to buy something for the children at Lali Gurans Nursery.  Now the children there have a ‘big top’ and a variety of circus glove puppets and hopefully are having lots of fun with them.  Thank you Billy and Jodie!

Posted by: In: Trips 08 May 2012 0 comments
At Easter 2012 the Hamilton family from NE England, friends of Don McLeod, Trustee, visited Nepal and spent time with Mukunda.  During their tour they visited some village schools, donated a computer to Narayani Primary School and by all accounts had a wonderful experience.

 
Visiting Mukunda’s mum

Here is a link to Cameron’s blog that tells the story of their visit.
http://camrossham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/my-adventures-in-nepal-and-schools-i.html

 Here are a string of photos of their trip.
http://camrossham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/blog-post.html

Cameron also made and edited a lovely film of their experiences – click on link below to see it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1yPObRP2vD8#!

Congratulations on a wonderful report and for the family’s help for Nepal Schools. We love you.

Posted by: In: Building 08 May 2012 0 comments
The Trust has recently received details from Manakamana Primary School of the estimates for a new building that is needed very urgently.  Currently the school has four classes in a temporary bamboo, grass and mud structure on land not owned by the school.  The school advises that they have secured a piece of land for a substantive building.  We will endeavour to assist the school with their plans by seeking donations.  The school is looking for approximately 1 million, eight hundred thousand Nepal Rupees (approx £15,000) and hopes it can raise about £4,000 locally.  They have asked Nepal Schools Trust for £11,000.
The estimate for the new school building project and below, the temporary bamboo and grass structure that was erected last year to alleviate the acute accommodation shortage

 The temporary building seen adjacent to the school.  Below the committed pupils are not fazed by the conditions in which they have to study, but they deserve better.

Year before last we gave the school funds to equip the nursery class.  The school spent the funds very wisely and now have a lovely teaching area for nursery children.

Local carpenter was engaged to make furniture, giving a local family employment  and an income.
Last year we gave the school enough funds for one community rate teacher.  Now it is time to try and help this school to address its accommodation crisis.

Posted by: In: Teaching, Trips 05 May 2012 0 comments

Alice Thomson from UK was in Pragatinagar and Devchuli recently visditng some of our schools.  She did little bits of teaching in some classes at Laligurans Nursery (seen above) and Bhimsen Secondary School. Nepal Schools Trust is actively looking at placing volunteers from UK into some schools in our district in Nepal.  If you, or anyone you know has an interest then please get in touch with Chris Dickinson, Trust Chairman.