Educational Projects

Gangchen Samling School, located in the outskirts of Kathmandu in Nepal, presently offers education to approximately 450 students. Most of these children are from the poorest and most needy families of the area and some are living in local orphanages. Many of these children are sponsored through the long distance adoptions project of the Association. The three-floor school building has well-lit and well-equipped classrooms, adequate bathroom facilities, clean drinking water, a computer room and large library. Foreseen in the future are science and language laboratories, sports pitch and larger playground. The school offers primary and secondary education – classes 1 to 8 – developing alongside the official curriculum a non-formal program of peace education. The school also offers a wide range of extra-curricula activities in sports, dance, music and art.

A project of short vocational training courses is also under preparation for Gangchen Samling School – electricians, plumbers, tailors – aimed at the many young unemployed who have no other possibility of finding free training.

 

The Schools in Tibet project supports existent infant schools – classes 1 to 3 – in the Shigatse area of Central Tibet. The Association is committed to the construction and upkeep of school buildings as well as to the provision of desks, benches, blackboards, books and stationary.

Thanks to funds raised by this project, a new school, now considered the best in the area, was built in Nepu Village. Other ramshackle schools, such as those of Shongma and Pandin, have been completely rebuilt.

The only elementary school in the area, that teaches until class 6, is located in Nye Village. Around 450 children live in this school because their homes are too far away to make the daily journey. In 2007, the Association built and equipped a new kitchen and dining hall. A small greenhouse was also built in the school grounds to ensure fresh vegetables for the children. In 2008, a protective wall was built around the school grounds and a generator was provided so that the children will have a minimum of light for study during the dark winter months. Mattresses and blankets have also been donated to the children of this school who previously slept on bare wooden palettes.

 


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