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 ‘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 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

- Sports coaching agreed with Australian world championship teams

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