Shree Damgade Higher Secondary School is another school EHN is working with and we first met them in October 2015. It`s situated near the tourist town of Pokhara in the surrounding hills making it a great place to volunteer & visit at the same time. Because it will give you the chance to experience rural Nepal while at the same time experience the tourist side of Nepal. Over the past few months EHN have placed several volunteers to help build the infrastructure needed to place volunteers and it’s gone really well. The village, pupils and parents have all taken to having international volunteers helping in their school making the placement an amazing experience for everyone who has been.
Nepal has seen a surge in private schools offering education at a price which has resulted in a two tiered system of education. As with nearly all rural government schools there tends to be a drop in boys attending classes from the age of 13 upwards. Many families will only pay for the boys to get a private education leaving many Government schools with a much higher number of girls in the last few years of education. This is one of the reasons EHN only works with Government schools and not private, only lower castes children and girls tend to study until the end. We are also seeing a drop in numbers of children attending Government schools in favour of private schools but with Rupa and now Damgade they have seen an increase in students enrolling due to the EHN western teachers now supporting them
EHN are looking to.
- Increase the number of volunteers to teach in the school with an emphasises on English though all subjects are considered.
- We are looking at ways to help them raise the money to replace the tin roof.
- We will also be looking at raising the funds to help improve their small computer room.
- We will also be looking for schools interested in twinning with this school to exchange teaching ideas and projects.
The EHN team are not teachers but professionals from other fields of life but understand the need to support rural education because of the wide impact it can have on the families of its students. And also understand that we have a responsibility to the children, school & their parents to not interrupt the teaching of the Nepali syllabus while placing teaching volunteers. So all volunteers who come to teach will work with the Nepali teachers or take extra classes to help improve the children`s level of education. One of the things we would like to see is the introduction of new teaching methods to help the children improve so if you have ideas which can be introduced while you’re in Nepal please discuss with our team and let’s see if we can make it happen.