The new classrooms at Shree Bakhapalam Lower Secondary School were formally opened, at a wonderful ceremony on 20th March 2011. The children moved into the new school, with Year 8 attending class locally for the first time, rather than having to travel for up to 2-3 hours to the nearest high school in Shivatar.
Two of our lovely donors, Hazel and Shayne Adams from Kaboodle, in Shropshire have written a fantastic blog about their experiences on the day. To read their story, please click here.
The total cost of 8 new classrooms, was around £35,000 (approx AUS $52,000). We continue to support the school through the sponsorship of teachers, provision of further teaching resources, books and playground equipment and supporting the community to create a library in one of the former classrooms.
Once again, we have Graham Foulds and The Children of Solu Khumbu Nepal Trust (http://www.childrenofsolukhumbunepal.org/) to thank for providing us with whiteboards for all of the classrooms. Graham also provided a further 4 whiteboards for the government built classrooms, and again provided tracksuits for all of the children.
The population of this region is around 1,500 and there are about currently around 310 students at the school, however we expect this to grow to as many as 450 with the building of these new classrooms. Bakhapalam is a 3 day walk southeast of Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region and 2 day walk north east of Paphlu.
The Sotang community requested a new school with 8 classrooms and 3 toilets, to enable them to provide education up to and including Year 10, and achieve the School Leaving Certificate. Since 2011 2 more classrooms have been built. Read more
Prior to the building of the new school there were only 7 classes (one of them outdoors), and the school only operated from Year 1 - Year 7 (up to Lower Secondary level). The children had no playground at all.
The Principal, Geeta Basnet, School Management Committee are delighted with the outcomes of their partnership with CitC and the opportunity that the new classrooms will give their children.
To read an English translation of the letter of thanks from Geeta Basnet, the headmaster of Shree Bakhapalam School, please click here
From April 2012, we have extended our support for the school by paying for the salaries of two new teachers, Chhimi Sherpa and Mani Kumar Rai. For more details about the two teachers we are sponsoring, please click here