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CITC is pleased to report that the construction of a water filtration system has been completed at Bakhapalam Secondary school in the remote Solukhumbu region of Nepal. The project will provide clean, safe drinking water for the children at the school to use freely.
Generally, the villages in the mountains of Nepal don’t have systematic and structured water distribution systems, with most villagers consuming water from the nearest accessible source. Previously, the school’s water supply was from a source around 1.5km away, a polythene pipe was buried underground from the source to the school and there was no proper water reserve or filtration system installed in between. Inefficient management of water is one of Nepal’s major causes of epidemics such as diarrhoea, dysentery and other water borne diseases. During rainy season the water has a high level of turbidity (cloudiness of the water caused by pollutants), compromising the quality with contamination including faecal waste, making it dangerous to drink.
The installation of the new water filtration system includes and on site filter system, 3 thousand litre tanks for filtered water collection and a 500 litre tank at the source for the distribution of water to the school. This will provide safe drinking water, benefiting over 400 students.
CITC has also constructed 11 earthquake resistant classrooms at Shree Bakhapalam including furniture and resources and provides the ongoing sponsorship and training for 2 teachers Chhimmi Sherpa and Mani Kumar Rai.
We are committed to improving the educational opportunities for children in some of the most remote parts of Nepal through the building of high quality, innovative classrooms, gender friendly toilets and the provision of clean water. We are also continuing our teacher sponsorship and training programme, developing strong role models to deliver high quality learning and promote gender equality. Over 90% of donations are spent at grassroots level, making an impact directly on the ground. If you would like to make a difference, click here to donate.
It’s been an action packed couple of weeks as members of the Nepali CITCNepal team have visited the UK to enhance their professional development. From the 7th to the 23rd of June CITC’s founder Dawa Geljen Sherpa and Education Development Officer Samden Sherpa were joined by 3 of CITC’s sponsored teachers Llami Sherpa, Chhiring Tamang and Mani Kumar Rai from the Solukhumbu region of Nepal. For most of the team, this was their first ever overseas adventure!
A key part of the trip was for the teachers to participate in a teacher exchange, facilitated by our UK Sister School partnership. Female teachers Llami and Chhiring were supported as part of the Soroptimist International’s Educate to Lead campaign. They had the opportunity to visit schools from the Dudley partnership including St James’s Church of England Primary and Crestwood Primary. They also visited The Bishops’ Blue Coat Secondary School in Chester, Woodchurch Road Primary in Wirral and Kirkham Grammar School in Kirkham. They led assemblies and discussed their culture and experiences from Nepal with the children. The children were enthralled by their lively traditional Nepalese dances and colourful ethnic dress.
It was wonderful for the CITC teachers to be welcomed so warmly by the schools where they observed and participated in a huge variety of lessons from Early Years right up to Upper Secondary level. This provided an amazing insight into the delivery of a range of child centred teaching and learning methods and enabled them to appreciate how various learning theories can be applied in practice. They were also invited to staff and school council meetings. CITC strongly promotes the employment of Nepalese female teachers to act as role models and catalysts of change and as such it was especially valuable for the teachers to see so many female role models in the UK teaching profession, a huge cultural difference to Nepal where teaching is still very male dominated, particularly within senior positions.
Chhrring: “Thanks to CITC I have been able to develop as a teacher. I have many proud moments such as teaching my students handwashing skills, creating displays for my classroom and reading story books. My trip to the UK has shown me lots of useful teaching methods.”
Llami: “Thank you so much to CITC for giving me this opportunity to learn new skills to take back to my class.”
Mani: It has been an amazing experience for me to visit the UK and see so many schools. It has been great to see so many female teachers that are respected in the profession. Thank you to CITC for giving me this chance."
Feedback from our UK schools has been extremely positive, particularly in helping them to enhance their global awareness through first hand links with Nepal. Many of the UK teachers have even been inspired to visit Nepal to enhance their own professional development!
As well as the teacher exchange, the team attended events including a Federalism and Education presentation led by Nepal’s Secretary of the Ministry of Education Dr Hari Lamsal and Dr Tejendra Pherali from the UCL Institure of Education, University College, London to analyse the shift towards federal governance structures in Nepal and the set of policy decisions it entails for the education sector. They also participated in an ‘Educational Inclusion and Rights in Practice in Rural Nepal’ workshop, a partnership event with Liverpool John Moores University to explore themes relating to educational practices, gender equality and the benefits of partnership learning between the UK and Nepal. Read more here...
Dawa had the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament along with CITC Trustee Mike Hagen to discuss the challenges for education in rural Nepal with MP Stephen Twigg, chair of the Parliamentary International Development Select Committee and a passionate champion of education and equality in developing countries.
Adhering to their busy schedule, the team visited as many valued CITC supporters as time would permit including The London and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Services, The Rotary Clubs of North and Mid-Wirral, Hengistbury Investment Partners,The Everest Base Camp Team from Solutia Inc., Shayne and Hazel from Kaboodle and the North West Girl Guides. Many CITC supporters also gathered at an open house afternoon hosted by CITC Trustees Sarah and Mike where Dawa and Samden led a presentation to showcase the impact of CITC’s work on the ground in Nepal.
The team were fortunate enough to enjoy many memorable experiences during their stay including a fire boat trip on the Thames, a day of sightseeing in London, a speed boat adventure on the Dee Estuary and a visit to the Albert Dock in Liverpool where they took a ride on The Wheel of Liverpool to see stunning panoramic views of the city's famous landmarks and beyond.
Huge thanks to Lindsay Mason, Sally Sixsmith, Richard Jenkins, Annette Roberts and Sarah and Mike for welcoming the team into their homes and providing such warm hospitality.
On the 19th-20th June, Classrooms in the Clouds, together with Liverpool John Moores University held an ‘Educational Inclusion and Rights in Practice in Rural Nepal’ workshop. Representatives from LJMU, CITCNepal and CITC’s Sister Schools network were among the speakers and attendees.
Hosted at LJMU’s IM Marsh Campus, the event critically explored themes relating to educational practices, gender equality and the benefits of partnership learning between the UK and Nepal.
Guests of honour included Llami Sherpa, Chhiring Tamang and Mani Kumar Rai, 3 CITC sponsored teachers from the remote Solukhumbu region of Nepal who have been visiting the UK as part of CITC’s teacher exchange project, as well as CITC’s founder Dawa Geljen Sherpa and Education Development Officer Samden Sherpa. The Nepali team shared their own personal stories of how the involvement of CITC has influenced their communities and well as their own professional development.
In a male dominated Nepali education system, CITC promotes the employment of female teachers to act as role models and catalysts of change (supported by the Soroptimist International's Educate to Lead Campaign) and as such issues surrounding the barriers faced in recruiting female teachers were critically examined. Chhring and Llami, both female teachers discussed their own roles and concurred that complex cultural challenges need to be navigated in order to facilitate and support the role of female teachers in rural areas.
Sally Sixsmith, Headteacher from St.James’s Primary School in Stourbridge and co-ordinator of a cluster of Dudley’s CITC Sister Schools, shared her first hand experiences of visiting Nepal to deliver teacher training and discussed how the model of partnership learning can work in practice for both UK and Nepali schools, enhancing global awareness and developing the ‘Rights Respecting Schools’ values which centre around respect and understanding of others.
Dr Kay Standing and Netti Porter from LJMU’s Sociology department introduced the UK based ‘Tender Project’, an initiative promoting healthy relationships. Consideration was given to how domestic abuse and violence can develop and how providing a relationships education can positively impact young people.
Angela Daly, senior lecturer from LJMU’s School of Education initiated a ‘Participatory Learning in Action’ session involving learning resources from the natural environment, a model that could be used cross-culturally within the Nepal – UK schools partnership. Pupil and teacher engagement was explored in groups with UK and Nepali educators coming together to discuss possible lesson ideas and outcomes. Dr Sara Parker from the School of Humanities and Social Science highlighted the benefits of using stories including those from Global Action Nepal and Fair Connections.
Following on from the ‘Learning in the Natural Environment’ theme, the next day Dr Avril Rowley and Kathy Stokell led a Forest School training session in a dedicated forest school area at LJMU involving the Nepali teachers. The teachers were keen to actively undertake challenges and examine how their children could benefit from outdoor teaching and learning methods.
The event was a wonderful and unique opportunity for the CITC sponsored teachers, university academics and UK teachers to come together to share their experiences and learn from one another. CITCNepal is continuing to work in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University to collaboratively support research and practice links with Nepal based education.
There has been much reason to celebrate in the remote village of Kharikhola, near Lukla as 4 new Early Years (ECED) classrooms at Shree Kharikhola Secondary School have been officially opened. Despite work only beginning at the site in November, the ambitious plans have been completed on schedule and to an exemplary earthquake resistant standard. The build has attracted great support from the local community who place a high value on education and credit must be given to them for working together preparing the land and carrying building materials. Read more about the construction here.
The project has been supported by the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Apprentices who have not only spent 2 years working hard to fundraise for the build but have also travelled thousands of miles and trekked for days through challenging terrain to get stuck in and help out in person.
Once they arrived, they worked flat out completing jobs around the site and painting inside and out ready for the handover of the building. Their dedication and commitment has been incredible. Read their blog here.
The new design sees two pairs of classrooms joined by a covered shared area; this practical design will provide the necessary space for child centred activities which will excite and engage the children, helping to foster enthusiasm and a love of learning.
The facility will be used by 100 ECED children but will ultimately benefit the whole school of 410 students as the new teaching methods cement a strong foundation for future educational practice.
Teaching and learning will be monitored on an ongoing basis by CITC’s Education Support Worker Mingma Chhamji Sherpa.
Advice, support and training will also be given to the teachers to ensure that learning opportunities are maximised and best practice is achieved.
There was a great atmostphere at the opening ceremony with speeches from appreciative members of the school and community and joyful dances from the children.
Work is also now underway on the installation of two gender specific toilet blocks, due to be completed in April.
CITCNepal spends 95% of all donations at grassroots level. If you would like to make a difference, please click here
This February saw CITCNepal’s first ‘Feverest challenge’, a brainchild of CITC supporter Oliver Middleton. The idea was to run/walk or cycle the height of Everest 8.8km to support children’s education in Rural Nepal.
Olly decided to take on a personal challenge to run 250km in February, which is the equivalent to the height of Everest every day! The stats have been collated and Olly has covered the full 250km in under 19 hours.
Well done also to Shayne Adams who, inspired by Olly also took on the challenge to run 250km and has managed to cover an incredible 273km during February which is the equivalent of 31 times the height of Everest!
Olly and Shayne have battled the cold weather as well as illness and aches and pains in their determined efforts to help young Nepalese children to get an education and have the opportunity to fulfil their learning potential.
Thank you to everyone who completed their own 8.8km Feverest challenges and to those who donated and supported the cause.
It was great to see so many people getting involved, sharing their photos and spreading the word using the hastag #Feverest.
So far the fundraising figure has reached nearly £3000 which is fantastic.
All money raised will directly benefit children in some of the most underprivileged parts of Nepal.
It’s not too late to make a donation to Feverest. Click here to make a difference
£8.00 = 1 day's salary for a CITC teacher
£10.00 = 3 Nepali books for the school libraries
£20 = 70 bricks for building classrooms and toilets
£15 = 3 reusable menstrual kits for young women in school
£30 = First Aid Kit for a school
£50 = 20 books for a school library in Nepal
£100 = A sink with a tap for clean water
£1,000 = pipework for a clean water system
£5,000 = 50 benches and desks for 200 students