Education is the key to sustainability and progress in Nepal, and the Nepali people are keen to raise their standards in this field.
Education is in theory provided by the government for all children. However, the reality is that not every family can afford to support their children to go to school. Though tuition is free for children from 5-16 when they take SLC exams, money is needed for admission fees, exam fees, books, stationery, uniform etc. Also, in many cases the children are needed at home to look after the younger siblings, or to work in the fields and so may spend very little, if any time in school. Our aim therefore is to support children who are seen as bright and dedicated to their studies but who may be withdrawn from education due to family circumstances.
Teachers themselves may gain very little training before they gain positions as teachers, especially those who remain in rural locations. With an increased thirst for education, parents may send even young children to ‘better’ schools in the larger cities. In order to reduce this movement of children, there is now a push to raise the education standard in rural areas and GDS aim to help fund programmes which will encourage and inspire young teachers in rural schools and so raise education standards.
Teacher Training is without doubt a crucial requirement to inspire and encourage teachers in poor government schools, especially in rural areas where many may have recieved little training since leaving school themselves. Initiated in Gorkha, the training programme has been developed and a number of trainers are now available to run the courses to deliver the training in the region. Inspired teachers with new ideas leads to better education for the rural children so reducing the need for them to leave families and move to the crowded cities for education.
School Sponsorship The aim of GDS sponsorship programme is to support those children who show ability but through their home situation are unlikely to continue their education. Many children are required to leave school early to help out at home or in the fields, for example due to poverty or loss of a family member. School Headmasters and Teachers have the difficult task of nominating the most worthy children to be supported and after the 2015 earthquakes, this included many children who had lost their homes completely in the quakes. The scheme ensures the children are able to continue studies until they are 16. As they leave school after the final exams then a further group of younger children are selected for the scheme by staff. For over 30 years the charity has been helping sponsor children in the Gorkha District and currently supports up to 60 each year. In recent years we have been able to extend this to further education for 16-18-year olds and also Higher Education for Degree level studies at the nearby Drabya Shar campus
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