We made another visit to the ABC learning space in Nepal just last month. In fact, we’re the 5th group to make the trip since May. We wanted to see the learning progress of the children, of how the learning space is benefitting them. As ABC is only open during school hours, we discussed with the primary school’s teachers to increase the opening hours and open it on Saturdays so that the older kids could use it too (their secondary school in Ghandruk is 1.5 hour away by foot)....
We brought a couple of footballs and more books, and topped up the empty candy jar. There are 21 students in the primary school and as the cold winter is coming, we’re sending over 21 winter jackets for them. Even now, their tiny hands are cold to the touch and a little swollen due to the harsh weather.
Things we need for the next trip:
1. Lightings for the classroom.
2. Nepali books (more pictorial ones)
1. Organise trips for experienced and trained teachers to relook into the school programme in the Nepali syllabus and to make the ABC learning space more interesting.
2. Kickstart the scholarship programme for end of next year, the headmaster will provide the list of eligible candidates.
3. Recruit mothers/volunteers for the next trip to conduct workshops with the village mothers regarding nutrition and hygiene.
4. Build a basin to encourage the children to wash their hands frequently.
5. Fix a room (bedroom/kitchen/bathroom) in the village community centre for volunteers to stay.
6. Invest in a flat screen TV with DVD player for playing educational programmes.
We thank you. The children of Kumrung thank you.
Had the opportunity to share about idea behind the ABC learning space with the villagers after the warmest welcome.