Shree Pemachholing Ghyang Basic School (1-8)

Village School
Address:
Nakote ,Helambu Valley, Sindhupalchok
Estd:
B.S. 2049 B.S.
Headteacher:
Mani Prasad Adhikari
Age range:
3-15
Phase of education:
Basic Education
School type:
Community School
Gender of entry:
Both

 

Shree Pemachholing Ghyang Basic School is a small community managed public school located in the village of Nakote. The school has 60 students and 9 teachers- two of which are supported by the government and the rest of which are privately arranged by the local community and through the sponsorship of Mondo/ ITA.  The school runs from Grade 1 to Grade 8, as well as offering Kindergarten and Nursery, with students aged between three to 15 years. The classroom sizes are relatively small and are decently furnished with adequate desks and benches and whiteboards. The people in the village place high value in education and children are enthusiastic and keen to learn, despite poverty and scarcity. Nakote was one of the first communities HELP started working with in 2009, and can be seen as an exemplary school in the region.

You will be expected to teach from 10 AM to 4 PM and each subject period last around 45 minutes.

NOTE: Following the devastating earthquakes in April and May in 2015, several of our partner schools including Nakote suffered major damage, which destroyed much of its infrastructure including classrooms, toilets and the playground, as well vital educational resources such as whiteboards, desks and benches. As quickly as possible after the quakes, we helped to build over 225 temporary classrooms across 45 schools of which Nakote was one of them.

We are pleased to share the news that we rebuilt the school in earthquake-resistant standard in close consultation with government engineers. The school was opened on the first anniversary of the earthquake on the 24th of April 2016. The children are now back studying inside their permanent classrooms and enjoying the new facilties. HELP is currently working on helping build permanent classroom building for seven other schools.

Subjects taught :

All the textbooks except Nepali are in English but the students are mostly instructed in Nepali.

  • (Compulsory) Mathematics- arithmetic, algebra and geometry more significantly divided as you go to higher grades.

  • Science- basic ideas like living and non-living things, plants, etc. in junior classes while textbooks in senior classes have physics, chemistry, biology and astronomy lessons.

  • English- stories, poems, biography and similar texts and grammar

  • Social Studies- society-its problems and solutions, geography, history, organizations

  • Symphony/Moral Science- stories with meaningful themes for the children

  • Nepali- stories, poems, biographies, Nepali grammar and similar texts

  • Environment (E), Population (P) and Health (H) - basics and inter-relation between E, P and H

  • Office Account- office processes, accounting and organization

  • Optional Maths- trigonometry, graphs and mathematical principles (more theoretical)

Nakote School has a few laptop computers, and we encourage volunteers at this school to spend some time after school training teachers in some basic computer skills so that they can pass this on to students. We also encourage you to take some computer classes with children.

Students’ Level of English

Senior Classes (Grade 4 and above) :

Reading - can read the texts in their books and actually understand them very well

Writing - mainly because the school has been using English textbooks, writing is fairly good, but sometimes understanding is limited, as students are used to just copying

Speaking -the pupils can communicate with volunteers; especially students in higher classes

Junior Classes (Grades 3 and lower) :

Reading - can read their textbooks without frequent pauses

Writing - mainly because the school has been using English textbooks, writing is fairly good, but sometimes understanding is limited, as students are used to just copying

Speaking - can manage to communicate with the volunteers but are sometimes

Teacher’s level of English: Some of the teachers speak good English and all the teachers can communicate.

Exams: Teachers construct questions and exercises from the textbooks. They have simple monthly tests and more important exams every 4 months.

Resources available :

  • Some library books with mostly simple story books

  • Charts in some of the classrooms

  • Colors and drawing paper available; but in limited stock so needs constant replacing.

  • Science Lab with most necessary equipments

  • 3 Laptop Computers

  • Legos and similar playing materials in Nursery and Kindergarten

  • Extra-curricular resources: The playground is right next to the school, which is well fenced. The outdoor games that can be played include- Football (gently), volleyball, badminton, table tennis, Frisbee, softball. Badminton, rings and skipping are popular among the girls.

  • All classrooms have whiteboards.

  • How to teach effectively:  The school owns a textbook for each school subject. You can copy a list of topics from the textbooks that you feel you would like to teach using the materials you have brought and/or the techniques you have acquired and teach in your own way. This will give the local teachers an idea of how to teach rest of the chapters in the book in an interactive way. You can be an inspiration for the local teachers.

  • The children love doing homework, so keep giving them some creative assignment every day to make sure the students are revising their lessons. Try making the students to take benefit of the environment they have. E.g. herbarium, collection of wild fruits and flowers, etc. You can bring stickers that you can paste to the exercise books of students who do the best homework and class work. This really excites the students and the class environment hence inspiring them to learn properly and also to be disciplined.

  • Things that could make teaching easier for you: Card games for improving vocabulary and to teach sentence structures, teaching aids to help teach pronunciation (as most of the teachers learnt English pronunciation in a wrong way, the children learn it wrong as well. It is a wonderful opportunity for you to make the children’s basics of English up to date).  White board markers would also be useful.

Nakote Village

Location:

Nakote is 4-5 hour gradual uphill walk from Timbu during the monsoon season after a 4 to 6 hours bus drive from Kathmandu. However, during the dry season, it might be possible to get to the village directly on a jeep (6 hours drive) on a newly extended road from Timbu. The village has a rainy summer (JUN-AUG), quite a cold winter (DEC-FEB) and warm sunny days during the remaining months.

The People:

The village is mainly populated by the people of the Hyolmo ethnic group, whose ancestral history can be traced back to Tibet. Hyolmo people are Buddhist, as can be seen by the presence of stupas, monasteries and prayer flags in the village. The village is very near to famous Milarepa Cave where hundreds of Buddhist devotees come for meditation. There are roughly 60 houses in the village scattered sparsely on a terraced hill at around 1500m with a total population of around 600.

The main occupation of the villagers is farming and they grow crops like potato, millet, maize, corn and beans.  Houses in the village are typically small and are not partitioned into rooms.

Although economically poor, the people there have a rich cultural heritage and they love to share their hospitality, which one can experience by attending one of their occasional village festivals or by visiting their homes when invited.  

Accomodation :

Volunteers stay with a host family in the village of Nakote, which is around a 5-minute walk from the school. Volunteers are given a private room (although they might have to share a room with another volunteer). There is a communal tap outside the house for washing clothes/ showering and a squat toilet inside the house. You will often see a lot of children around, who love to come and join you in the mornings and evenings, playing and chatting. The host family will provide three meals a day, typically consisting of rice, lentils and some sort of curry.

Major things to do

  • Visit Melamchigaon- 3 hours steep uphill walk, on the weekend

  • Visit Tarkeghyang- 2 hours uphill walk and the famous Chiri Gumba on the way.

  • Hike upto Aama Yangri- 3500m altitude- 5 hours hike from Nakote village.

  • Visit Milarehpa cave and the monastery- 1 hours walk across towards Timbu.

  • Visit volunteers in working in other HELP partner schools- Serkathali- 1 hour walk across to share experiences.

Volunteer contacts:

Kathleen Gordon: kathleen2210@hotmail.co.uk

David Low: dawid.low@gmail.com

Erik Sullivan: erik.sullivan@yahoo.com

SImone Henriksen (Denmark) : simone243@hotmail.com

What/How HELP-Mondo has supported Nakote ?

Nakote was one of the first schools HELP started working with in 2009 and the community has remained very actively supportive to the ideas of improving education quality. In all the works we have done so far, the villagers have made encouraging contributions, which we believe is important for sustainability and long term development of the school.

Before earthquake :

  • 4 Hostel Building for up to 60 boarders

  • 3 additional teachers

  • 10 classrooms building

  • Compound fencing

  • Clean drinking water facility

  • 3 laptop computers through Chloe Harford/ Kids on the Grid

  • Library facility

  • Music and sports equipments

  • Science lab facility

  • Desks and benches

  • Whiteboards and Notice boards

  • Kindergarten Class improvement with teaching materials.

  • 3 room kitchen building

After earthquake :

  • Emergency supplies

  • Temporary Learning center

  • School Bags

  • Education supplies

  • 4 Hostel Building for up to 60 boarders (retrofitted)

  • 2 additional teachers (One by Mondo and one by ITA)

  • 7 classrooms building (retrofitted)

  • New toilet building for boys and girls (new built)

  • Compound fencing (new built)

  • Library books

  • Desks and benches

  • Whiteboards and Notice boards

 

Contact Details of People in School :

Mr. Mani Prasad Adhikari

School Headmaster

Cell: 00977-9611191657 or 00977-9851151942

 

Mr. Ongdi Dorje Sherpa

School Teacher

Cell: 00977 980 9433702

Tel: 00977 (1) 6924195

 

Mr. Sangay Sherpa

School Chairman

Cell:  00977 9616728934 or 00977 9843762192

Contents
  1. HELP projects so far:
  2. Future needs

HELP projects so far:

  • Hostel Building to accommodate up to 60 boarders
  • Teachers grant to support 3 teachers
  • 3 classrooms building in 2012
  • Compound fencing and retaining wall
  • Drinking water facility and toilet building
  • 3 laptop computers in 2012 and 3 more in 2014through Kids on the Grid Project
  • Library facility
  • Music and sports equipments
  • Science lab equipment
  • Classrooms management- furniture, whiteboards and notice boards
  • School In A Bag- Phase II
  • School excursion to in 2013
  • International Volunteer placements

Future needs

  • Internet connection
  • Library facility upgrading
  • Teachers support grant
  • More appropriate hostel management
  • Teachers training
  • New playground management