What HAVE THE SCHOOLS IN HANGDEWA ACHIEVED WITH OUR GRANTS?

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 ‘Kangchenjunga View’ opens for visitors: sustainable tourism to support schools and provide employment

- Playground developed for Orange Montessori School

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

- Lockdown support for teachers and families

- UK Charity Commission gives charitable status to Q.Learning Nepal Trust CIO number 1192365

- All teachers engage in self-development for spoken English and IT skills improvement

2021

- Over 40 Ambassadors from all classes learn from their Mentors and Buddies in other countries

- 25% of poorest children receive full bursaries including uniforms, books, glasses etc

- Partnership working with Millfield School in the UK

- School competitions include social essays, book reviews, cookery recipes and storytelling

- Prefects and Head Boy and Head Girl appointed

- Basketball court built

- Cabling brought to the school for excellent internet connectivity

- School extended to Class 8 (220 children aged 4/15)

- First practical science teacher appointed

- First Zoom lessons begin in lockdown

2022

-Practical science room and creative rooms built

-School closures due to Covid minimised by online teaching for older children

-56 Kindles given to the school, each with access to 1,000 children's books

-Sport, art, photography and music lessons added to curriculum - football, volleyball, cricket, soft-tennis, table-tennis, guitar and traditional madal

-School dancers perform in Taplejung for the Taplejung Marathon and Tourism Festival

-First school trip: Class 8 visit Ilam and ride horses and try out boating

-Taplejung Schools' Chess Champion from Q.Learning Nepal School

-Individual desks made for older students (not just benches)

-First Zoom lessons from Millfield School in UK prepared by their students

-Volunteers able to return to the village post-Covid

-Laptops donated by mentors, Attraqt and K3 Business Technologies, prepared by AAG

-237 students aged 3-15

-55 Ambassadors with international mentors

-25% of students on 100% bursaries: tuition, uniforms, textbooks, glasses, sanitary wear

-All new girls given bursaries to encourage equal access to a quality education 

 

2023

 -260 students at school (3-14)

-71 school Ambassadors sponsored by international mentors.

-30% of students on 80-100% bursaries (to encourage girls to attend and all pupils to stay at school)

45% girls

-Outstanding success in public exams: class 8 see all pupils across all subjects average 3.6/4.0 or ‘A’ grades.

-14 sponsored to attend Kangchenjunga School for class 9

-Work starts on building 2 new classrooms to offer classes 9&10

-Fridays become extra-curriculum days: music, art, sport

-Boys’ football team win the schools’ football league in the district (20 schools)

-Virtual reality joins other computer and technology lessons

-First cake baked in Hangdewa

-First exhibition: English and Nepali authors, English grammar, science and Limbu culture

-10 minutes reading every day introduced throughout school

-First teacher volunteers from Pangbourne College teach Maths and sport, with singing from Birmingham Conservatoire

 -33 students and teachers visit from Millfield School and engage students in projects: art, photography, science and environment, drama, music, sport – and many local trips out such as kite flying

-Class 8’s school outing ‘beyond the mountain’: visit to Darjeeling, India, and the tea growing area of Ilam

-Q.Learning Nepal Trust CIO begin work with Eifion Trust, UK charity sponsoring education in Kathmandu

 

 

 

 

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