Education is the key to unlocking a country’s potential for economic growth, improved health, gender equality, peace and good governance.
or as Nelson Mandela said:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
What have we seen so far? On our initial evaluation trip in February 2016 we saw fairly good school buildings according to Nepali standards. The basics like school benches and tables and a board for the teacher to write on were there, but we haven’t seen computers although the kids get theoretical lessons on how to use it. There are no libraries in the schools, so no kids can exercise reading and enjoying books. It shocked us seeing some kids not attending school because they are needed at the farm and that it seemed so normal to them. We also realized that the ability to speak English (even in higher classes) is very limited. The kids are not thinking about their impact on the environment, because every school ground was the same: wrappers and papers everywhere. One positive aspect was the existence of an education center for adults in Memeng to teach adults how to read and write.
How does the schooling system work in the villages?
1. Primary Education
The current program begins with 5 years of primary school (age 6-11), with no pre-primary preparation available. At the end of this period, a standard school leaving certificate examination is prescribed.
2. Middle Education
Three years of lower secondary grade education follow (age 12-14). Students don’t have the option of moving on to a technical school instead, and obtaining a training level certificate, because of the remoteness of the village. Only if the kids would be going to bigger cities this would be a possibility.
3. Secondary Education
Secondary education takes place in 2 stages. Grades 9 to 10 (age 15-16) follow a common academic curriculum leading to a school leaving certificate. Usually this is where education ends in the villages. Grades 11 to 12 would give opportunities to follow separate streams in commerce, education, humanities or science, and to receive a higher education certificate, but these are not offered in the villages.
What are our goals?
How can you help now?
Please have a look at our current education projects…