The Q • Learning Nepal Trust is a combined team of Nepali educators and Western social entrepreneurs. Together we make it possible for children and young people in remote Hangdewa and environs, on the slopes of Kangchenjunga, to have better life chances through education.

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Who Are We?

The Q•Learning Nepal Trust is a combined team of Nepali educators and Western business people.

We are about improving the life chances of young people in the Hangdewa region of Nepal by sustainably funding and inspiring a quality education and a connection to the world. As a team of Nepalis and Westerners, we put the village at the centre of its future and of each young person’s endeavours.

We believe that education will empower both children and the community – if done with the push and pull from parents and elders alike.

Despite the distance apart (6198 miles), there is daily contact between the UK and Nepal to discuss issues, budgets, new ideas, to share photos, news etc. Extraordinarily, there is huge trust and friendship in this very real team who go back to 2007 (or 2064 in the Nepali calendar). This is a unique model creating a blend of quality standards with a whole village, supported by people in the UK, wrapping their arms around each child.

Imporovement

Improve the life chances of young people in the Hangdewa region of Nepal.

Sustainable

Sustainably funding and inspiring a quality education and connection to the rest of the world.

The Future

Putting the village at the centre of its future and each young person’s endeavour.

Our

Purpose

We believe that education is the corner-stone to a fairer world and yet one which can allow the village to continue its way of life, making choices for how the village and children develop so that this harmonious, diverse and beautiful place maintains its culture and uniqueness.

What's Been Achieved?

Our Timeline

2007

- Legal commitment to the villagers of Hangdewa to build a school for quality education (written on rice paper)

- First visit by the founder, Lesley Warburton, to Hangdewa via jeep, lorry, bus and walking (arriving 24 hours late!)

2008

- First volunteers liaise with community

2009

- School with 5 classrooms built for 5-11 year-olds

2011

- All children given uniforms (made by local tailors) and text books (Nepali curriculum)

2015

- 100 children and 10 teachers in the school (many in temporary classrooms)

2016

- Yellow school for 5-14 year olds - upper school completed with 9 classrooms and a staff room

- Toilets improved

- Clean water installed from source at mountain top

- First lap-tops and English books reach the village

- Q. Learning Trust set up as a Nepali charity

2017

Volunteers teach art, science and chess – and learn to make momas

- Pauline and Laurie Bennet visit from NZ and become major sponsors

- Tarmacked road to nearby Taplejung enables visitors to travel more easily to the village

2018

- Orange Montessori school opens for 60 4-6 year olds – 3 teachers travel to Kathmandu for Montessori qualifications

- Aptitude Software donate 11 computers for the school plus volunteers from UK, Poland and USA to install them and liaise about getting WiFi

- GRID 91 provides two volunteers from Mumbai to examine school safety and security

- Lego makes an appearance for the first time in the village

- First eye-tests and free glasses

2019

- Aptitude Software donate a further 14 computers for the school

- Practical Science starts with a microscope

- ‘Poorest children’ bursaries set up

- Sanitary wear made available to those girls who need it

- New toilet blocks built at both schools

- Undergraduate students enrolled in universities. Alumni include engineers, clinicians, computer studies, teachers, Nepal Army ……

2020

- Rental Villa ‘Kanchenjunga View’ opens for visitors: sustainable tourism to support schools and provide employment

- Playground developed for Orange Montessori School

- 200 children and 15 teachers in our schools (4-14 year olds)

- Lockdown support for teachers and families

- Q. Learning Nepal Trust CIO formed in UK

Founder's Story

Our Story

Popular Donation Gifts

You can make a difference today by making a donation.

This is one of the poorest regions of one of the world’s poorest countries. Without support, this village would be largely cut off from the rest of the world and the 21st Century – and the children from opportunities to learn, develop and reach their potential.

£5

Pens for an entire class for a year

£15

Child’s books & uniform for a year

£100

School fees for a child for a year

£350

A teacher’s salary for a term

It is truly amazing what can be done if enough people get together and help

I am so excited about our plans and how relatively small amounts of money as donations can bring about enormous change. I look forward to welcoming you as a member of the Q. Learning Nepal family.

Lesley Warburton, Founder

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Testimonials from happy visitors and volunteers

Read the personal stories of visitors and volunteers from all across the world.

I think the kids are the key reasons I have been back twice, although trekking in the countryside is spectacular. They are so innocent, adorable, polite, etc. I also enjoyed the science experiments we did with the boys and girls as they are so smart, eager to learn, and happy to take leadership or join a team.

People there are friendly and hospitable – although they are poor in wealth, they are rich in mind.

 

Doris Liang

Hong Kong, Visitor

It was a privilege to visit Hangdewa school in its early years. This sunny, yellow school nestles in stunning scenery in rural Nepal. It feels like the end of the world but you can see from the smiles on the children’s faces that this school is fostering a love of learning and is opening up opportunities previously denied to them. It is a hopeful, happy place and deserves support especially when one thinks of how privileged our own children are in the UK to have access to a good education. Well done Lesley and Q Learning – what an achievement

Lynda Haines

United Kingdom, Visitor

I visited the school and village in November 2017 before the local airport became operational. Despite the long journey to get there, I was rewarded by discovering a thriving centre of learning filled with young children, often trekking for hours every day in order to attend, with a hunger for knowledge.

It was clear that the school was the centrepiece of the village with proud parents taking the time to chat to their neighbours as they walked their children to the school gate. The community is proud of their school and the doors it can open for their children. And, by visiting the school, you can see what a difference it can make to these young lives. I hope it continues to expand and continues to offer education to those who might otherwise miss out.

Simon Stevens

Australia, Visitor