Shree Deurali Basic School (1-5)

Village School
Tartong ,Helambu Valley, Sindhupalchok
B.S. 2047 B.S.
Shambhunath Guragain
Age range:
Phase of education:
Basic Education
School type:
Community School
Gender of entry:

Shree Deurali Basic School is a small community managed comunity school located in the village of Tartong. The school has 65 students and around 5 teachers. Two teachers are supported by the government, and  the remaining three are supported by Mondo (1), ITA(1 and 1 privately arranged by the local community.  The school runs from Grade 1 to grade 5 and the children are aged between 6 to 12. The class sizes are relatively small and are decently furnished with adequate desks, benches and whiteboards. People in the village place a high value on education, and children come to school with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, despite the poverty of the region and the scarcity of resources at the school.


You will be expected to teach from 10 AM to 4 PM with an hour lunch break in between and each subject period is 45 minutes long.  


NOTE: Following the devastating earthquakes in April and May in 2015, several of our partner schools including Tartong 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 Tartong is one of them. The children are still studying inside TLC but HELP is quickly working on helping build permanent classroom building for the school and the building work are fast progressing.


Subjects taught:


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

  • Mathematics (Compulsory) – the basics of arithmetic, algebra and geometry

  • 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


Students’ Level of English Comprehension


Senior Classes (Grade 4 and higher)


Reading- Good (can read the texts in their books but understanding is very limited)


Writing- Good (mainly because the school uses English textbooks but is more theoretical as the students often copy directly from the board and actual understanding is fairly limited)


Speaking- Good (the pupils in higher classes can communicate with volunteers; especially in higher classes as the students are less shy)


Junior Classes (Grades 3 and lower)


Reading- Good (can read their textbooks without frequent pauses but understanding is fairly limited)


Writing- Good (most students can write some grammatically correct sentences; often memorized from the books or the boards during teaching, so actual understanding is fairly limited)


Speaking- Good (can manage to communicate with the volunteers but are quite shy).


Teacher’s level of English: Two of the teachers speak fairly good English and they love to try improve it by talking with the volunteers and expect their English to be corrected.


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

  • Charts in some of the classes

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

  • Extra-curricular resources: The playground is currently being rebuilt, so to organize outdoor games like football but games such as badminton, Frisbee, softball, table tennis can be difficult. 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. This can guide the local teachers to teach in more interactive ways.

  • The children love doing homework, so keep giving them some creative assignment everyday that summarizes your whole class and that they can complete in the limited they have for studies at home. Try making the students take benefit from the environment they have. E.g. herbarium, collection of wild fruits and flowers, etc. and the like. 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 encourages them to do their activities more keenly.

  • 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.



Tartong Village



During monsoon, Tartong is 2.5 hour steep uphill walk from Timbu 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 village has sporadic electric power supply.


The People:

The village is mainly populated by the people of the Hyolmo ethnic group, whose ancestral history can be traced back to Tibet, and who follow Buddhism. The village as roughly 80 houses altogether in the schools' catchment area, which are scattered sparsely on a terraced hill at around 2000m and a total population of about around 600. The main occupation of the villagers is farming and they grow crops like potato, millet, maize, corn and beans.


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.



Volunteers stay with a host family in Tartong village, normally the family of a local teacher, which is around a 15-minute walk from the school. Volunteers used to get a private room but due to destroyed houses forcing the villagers to live under temporary shelter, volunteers will share room with the other volunteer/s who teach together. There is a communal tap outside the house for washing clothes/ showering and a squat toilet outside the main 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 Ghopteghyang- 1.5 hours uphill walk from the village, which is an elevated flat piece of land and offers magnificent view of the valleys underneath

  • Visit Timbu- 2 hour steep downhill walk, on the weekend.

  • Visit volunteers working in other HELP partner schools- Serkathali- 2 hour walk across, when you can also visit the famous Mila Rehpa cave, Timbu School- 2.5 hours steep downhill walk, Ichowk, a large Tamang village- 2 hours walk across. Contact the local teachers or HELP staffs to facilitate the contact with the other volunteers working in the other schools.


Volunteer contacts:


Kim Sorenson:

Sophie Hughes:

Ellen Hurley:

Betsy Ann Ward:

Signe Holland (Denmark):


What HELP/Mondo has supported

Tartong was in the first batch of schools HELP selected 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


  • 2 additional teachers support- one through International Teachers Association (ITA) and the other through Mondo.

  • 7 new classroom buildings

  • Toilet building.

  • A mini-library facility

  • Music and sports equipments including table tennis board

  • Desks and benches

  • Whiteboards and Notice boards

  • Teachers trainings and workshops

  • Music and sports

  • Classroom decoration.

  • Fencing of the school compound


After earthquake


  • Immediate emergency relief support such as food and shelter kits

  • Solar lamps, lights and installation of huge solar panel at the school

  • 6 room TLC support

  • Hostel support

  • Library books

  • School Bags

  • Winter fleece for all the children

  • Desks and benches

  • Whiteboards and Notice boards

  • Teachers trainings and workshops

  • Currently building new classroom , toilet and fencing.


  • Contact Details of People in School


Mr. Shambu Goragain

School Headmaster

Cell: 00977 9861206439


Mr. Pemba Lama

School Teacher

Cell: 00977 980 8736062 or 00977 9868 204968


  1. HELP projects so far:
  2. Future needs

HELP projects so far:

  • 5 new classrooms building in 2010 and 2 more in 2014
  • Teacher grant to support 2 teachers
  • Gabion wall to support fencing
  • A mini-library facility
  • Music and sports equipments
  • Classroom management- Desks and benches, whiteboards and notice board
  • Teachers trainings and workshops
  • Drinking water supply and toilet building
  • SIAB Phase I
  • Textbooks support

Future needs

  • Teacher grant support
  • Teachers training
  • Library facility upgrading
  • Classrooms management