Safe Education for Helambu Girls
By Prakash Shrestha: at 2018-10-08 00:00:00
Today, 4th of October, the official handover of the hostel for girls at Shree Golma Devi Secondary School was celebrated in the presence of many distinguished guests including Nima Gyalzen Sherpa, the chair of Helambu Rural Municipality. The hostel is the work of the Helambu Education and Livelihoods Partnership directed by Jimmy Lama and funded by a UK organisation Mondo Fondation which was represented by trustee Hirsh Cashdan. In his speech Hirsh explained the importance of providing a safe space for girls who live far from the school to continue their education enabling them to stay on at school giving them equal opportunity with the boys. The event was enlivened by wonderful cultural dances given by children of the school and traditionally dressed Hyolmo dancers and singers. Not even the rain that punctuated the event dampened the enthusiasm of all the participants and the guests. The event was attended by some guests that included Maya Gurung (a Nepalese mountaineer who climbed all the highest peaks in the world), Dr. Bhavana Tamang, and local artist Dolma Hyolmo.
At the event, the chair of the Helambu shared his plan and vision to build an integrated secondary school at a suitable location in Helambu to improve the standard of secondary education. Certificates of appreciation were handed out to the many people who had contributed so much to the success of the venture. As part of the event also school bags filled with useful articles a gift of the UK School In A Bag organisation were distributed to many children replacing those that were lost in the 2015 earthquake. Jimmy Lama said "It gives me great pleasure to complete this important work and we look forward to helping to support further quality education in the region."