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.
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
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)
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.
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 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.
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.
Sophie Hughes: email@example.com
Ellen Hurley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Betsy Ann Ward: email@example.com
Signe Holland (Denmark): firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
2 additional teachers support- one through International Teachers Association (ITA) and the other through Mondo.
7 new classroom buildings
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
Fencing of the school compound
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
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
Mr. Pemba Lama
Cell: 00977 980 8736062 or 00977 9868 204968