Shree Golmadevi Secondary School

Village School
Timbu,Helambu Valley, Shindupalchowk
Mr. Rohini Prasad Adhikari
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Phase of education:
Secondary Education
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Shree Golmadevi Secondary School is a large community managed government school located in the valley town of Timbu. The school has roughly 200 students and 18 teachers- 13 of whom are supported by the government, while the remaining 5 are privately arranged by the local community.  The school runs from Grade 1 to grade 10, as well as offering Kindergarten and the children are aged between 4 to 16. The class sizes are relatively large (around 45 in the lower grades and 20 in the higher classes) and are decently furnished adequate desks, benches and whiteboards. The school serves the town of Timbu as well as surrounding villages, with students sometimes walking two or more hours each day to reach school.  People in the region 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 of lunch break in between. Each subject period is 45 minutes.


NOTE: Following the devastating earthquakes in April and May in 2015, several of our partner schools including Timbu 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 Timbu is one of them. The children are still studying inside TLC. One of the biggest problems is that many children walk long distance to get to the school, so they need hostel facility. At the lack of the facility, children, particularly, girls drop out early and have low attendance rate. We renovated one of the old school buildings to convert into hostel building last year but unfortunately it did not survie the quake but our renovation meant it was strong enough to save lives.


HELP is currently back in Timbu helping rebuild permanent hostel building to earthquake resistant standard.


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.

  • 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)


The school has a few 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 but don't understand them very well

Writing- Good (most students can write grammatically correct sentences but more theoretical; often copying directly from the board so actual understanding is fairly limited

Speaking- the pupils can communicate with volunteers; but are quite shy

Junior Classes (Grades 3 and lower)

Reading- can read their textbooks without frequent pauses, although understanding is fairly                  limited

Writing- Good (most students can write grammatically correct sentences but more theoretical; often copying directly from the board so actual understanding is fairly limited

Speaking- can manage to communicate with the volunteers but are quite shy


Teacher’s level of English: Some of the teachers speak good English and all the teachers can manage to communicate with the volunteers but some of the teachers can be shy sometimes and you should encourage them to speak to you and correct them during conversation.


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


Resources available

  • Library with mostly simple story books

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

  • Science Lab with most necessary equipments

  • 5 Laptop Computers and some desktop computers

  • Extra- curricular resources: The main school playground is just next to the main classroom building and is well fenced. The outdoor games that can be played include- Football, volleyball, badminton. 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 homework 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 proper 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.


What HELP/Mondo has supported:

HELP started partnering with Timbu School in 2010 when we supported the school with few hundreds of library books, science equipment and desks and benches. Since 2014, our partnership have sped up vividly in which we have accomplished the following works.  In all the works we have done so far, the villagers have made encouraging contribution which we believe is important for sustainability and long term development of the school.


Before earthquake

  • School bags for children.

  • Five Laptops.

  • Funding grade 10 students to take special classes of English, Sciences and Math in preparation to their SLC examinations.

  • Music and sports equipments including table tennis board

  • Desks and benches

  • Whiteboards and Notice boards

  • Science Teachers trainings and workshops

  • Boarding house to accommodate 50 girls.


After earthquake

  • Emergency food supplies: We were the first one to reach Timbu soon after the quake with food supplies.

  • 10 room temporary learning center

  • Temporary hostel building

  • Funding grade 10 students to take special classes of English, Sciences and Math in preparation to their SLC examinations.

  • Desks and benches

  • Whiteboards and Notice boards

  • Construction of girls' hostel building is ongoing.  


Living: Timbu


Timbu is a 5-6 hours bus ride from Kathmandu along the Kathmandu Timbu road. The town 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.


Volunteers will stay either with a local host family or at a local lodge in the town of Timbu, around a 15 minute walk across the river from the school. Volunteers are given a separate room to be shared with other volunteers who teach together. There is a tap outside your room for washing clothes and bathroom with a squat toilet and a simple shower. 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 but try their best to make the diet variable.


The People:

The town is mainly populated by the people of the Hyolmo ethnic group, whose ancestral history can be traced back to Tibet and who follow Buddhism, as well as some people from other ethnic groups who have settled in the town recently. Located at an altitude of around 1300, there are roughly 60 houses in the town with a total population of around 600. However, the school's total catchment area extends to villages all the way up to 2400m altitude, and includes around 100 houses.

Most of the people in the town are engaged in small business, usually selling groceries for people in the region. The people in the surrounding villages in the school's catchment area are mainly farmers and mainly grow crops like maize, millet, barley, beans, etc. Houses in the town are slowly being modernized to concrete buildings, while the ones in the surrounding villages 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.  


Major things to do

  • Visit Sermathang- a touristic village that offers views of numerous Himalayan peaks- 5 hours hike from the town and you can go upto Tapka Kharka, where a beautiful statue of Guru Rinpoche has been placed on the hilltop. For this you have to walk 1 hour further from Sermathang village.

  • Preferably, the other volunteers find the town as a suitable meeting point during the weekends.


Volunteer contacts:

Dan Safka:

Katka Honzakova:

Pia Doh:

Rachel Hambling:


Contact Details of People in School


Mr. Rohini Prasad Adhikari

School Headmaster

Cell: 00977 981 8377027


Mr. Dev Raj Dahal

School Teacher

Cell: 00977 9741 162791


Mr. Dawa Gyaltzen Lama

SMC Chair

Cell: 00977 9860 709131

  1. MONDO HELP Projects so far:
  2. Future needs:

MONDO HELP Projects so far:

  • Mini library facility
  • Science lab equipment
  • 3 laptop computers through Kids On The Grid Project
  • Sports equipment support
  • Whiteboards and Notice boards
  • Workshops and teachers training
  • SIAB Phase IV- Girls Empowerment

Future needs:

  • Girls Hostel Facility
  • Internet connection and IT classroom development
  • Science lab facility upgrading
  • Library facility upgrading
  • ECD Classrooms management