Building A School
The school system in Nepal is much like most countries – with the majority of the schools being local government run schools.
Students usually can stay in school until class 10, where they will sit their SLC examinations (that will decide the future of each one of them) – if they pass they will be able to continue into higher education and, if the students fail, their choices are limited. Unfortunately in 2012, only about 38% of all students who left these governmental schools passed their SLC exams, leaving many young Nepalese facing uncertain futures.
Until 2006, families in Japhe could only choose to go to governmental schools, which encouraged the founders of the Himalayan Spirit Academy to open this school.
However, creating a school is not an easy process with the biggest initial problem being the need of a school building. This has been temporarily solved by building with cheap and easy to erect bamboo huts, where the school now operates. Nevertheless, this is not a long term solution – classes are small and basic, with soil’s floor and small classrooms.
We would like to offer a good education to these children at least until class 10 but at the current location there is only enough space for classes until class 5, making it necessary to move.
Work has started on the new site for the school, but as Japhe is in the Himalayan foot hills where there isn’t much flat land. So we are converting terraced fields into what will hopefully be a more modern, spacious learning environment. However, building on terraced fields comes with many challenges and, considering the location, it isn’t possible to bring in heavy machinery that would make this work a lot easier – which means that the work is all done by hand and the material has to all be brought up to the site one load at a time, so strong hands are always welcome here!
Some of the most recent and bigger tasks are breaking up some very big rocks and make a lot of concrete. Although, with limited numbers of helpers, the work is slow but we’re moving forward one step at a time.
The major construction has been finished in May of 2015, BUT, there is always something to do, repair or rebuild. There is no more placement in the builders’ team as it was before but, if YOU are not a teacher, just ask the team leader about possibility to be a repairer.