Shree Rupa Higher Secondary School is a rural Government school which offers free education to around 200 students from surrounding villages. The children`s ages range from 5- 16 years of age and then they leave for college usually in or around Pokhara if the parents can afford it. So far EHN has been working with them for nearly three years now and has sent many teaching volunteers as well as three painting teams. We have also paid for and installed a solar and battery back-up system so that the school can run regular computer lessons. The school is situated in the Valley of Rupa Lake in an area called Talbesi.
The head master Mr Maniram Kadel has played a key part in taking this school from a poorly run school with badly maintained buildings & 45 regular students to one of the best schools in the whole Kaski district. And he has achieved this through the implementation of new ideas, hard work & building a network of supporters around the world.
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
The aim is for EHN to:-
- Continue working with this school through recruiting more English speaking volunteers to help with the teaching the students.
- Recruit volunteers who can teach computer science to the children in the lab.
- Help build a trekking for books project to help raise funds and awareness providing the less well-off students books.
- Looking for schools from other countries interested in twinning with the school in a spirit of educational sharing.
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.