Nepal Project 2018
The International Committee are continuing to raise funds to provide much improved Toilet Facilities in schools in Nepal. This will be of great benefit to many Nepalese schoolchildren. Project details are available from Barbara Lovegrove and Pete Bowman.
The Rotary Club of Kirriemuir is embarking on an ambitious programme of fund raising to build toilet blocks in schools in the Syangja District of Nepal. Some of our club members self-funded a visit to Nepal in 2017 and had the opportunity to visit a number of schools whilst there. The Shree Jiwan Jyoti Secondary school where we had funded the rebuilding of classrooms and the building of a toilet block had two toilets for the school prior to our funding. The school had 562 pupils and one of the toilets was in the headmaster's office! Most schools have a similar lack of toilets. What does this mean for the children? Many do not attend, particularly girls when they reach puberty.Those who persist restrict their fluid intake with resultant health problems. We have a plan for making sure that all schools in the Syangja District with more than 200 pupils have a toilet block with water and sanitation facilities. The Rotary Club of the Himalayan Gurkhas(RCHG) are our partners.
Whilst toilet facilities might encourage children to attend school, we realised there was another equally big and important issue...many of the teachers are poorly trained or have no training at all and where learning does take place it is by rote. Often the children are left in the classrooms on their own. This posed a greater problem for us. What help encouraging the children to attend school if the teaching methods are archaic?
There is an enormous need to bring about substantial and long lasting changes in the educational provision in rural Nepal. Working with the RCHG and another charity, First Steps Himalaya (FSH) we would like to introduce an Early Years Education Support Programme to the schools in Syangja District. We propose that 8 schools be involved and classes from preschool to level 3. FSH will consult with the headmasters, the teachers and the local communities. They will introduce teachers to modern child centred teaching methods. They will fit out classrooms and provide a stimulating environment in which to learn. They will train the teachers and regularly visit the schools and they will supervise and monitor the project. The project will last 2 years with follow up for a further 3 years.
FSH have already completed a successful project in the Sindhupalock District where the children now benefit from motivated teachers who are supportive of children's learning. FSH will work with RCHG in implementing the programme with the RCHG responsible for the construction of the toilet blocks.
This is an exciting project to be involved with but it will cost a lot of money! The sum we need to raise to implement the whole programme is £115000, but we are confident that with your help we will achieve it!
If you can support us, or would like more information please contact Barbara Lovegrove on 01575560267 or any Kirriemuir rotarian. We have also opened an account with the Bank of Scotland where you can donate directly
a/c 06003241 ref Nepal Sort code 80-06-77.
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Any support you can give is most welcome,
"Mony a mickle maks a muckle"
Barbara Lovegrove Rotary Club of Kirriemuir
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