Through our links with local charity Freedom to Learn, we have been paired with a school in the Kathmandu Valley.
The school is in the village of Kushadevi and it is a priviledge to be involved to be paired with such a forward-thinking government school.
Proudly known as the Mushadevi Model School, the aim of the staff is to provide an education, in English, that is on a par with the Private school system - in short, to show other government schools how to breathe life into their curriculum and provide a quality education for children from the poorest backgrounds (who can argue with that?).
The Sister Schools project has been running for three years now and during that time we have undertaken countless live video links with the children in Kushadevi, formed groups of 'Friendship Ambassadors' in both schools and shared information on key events and festivals that shape the lives of the two schools. Our children have also been involved in helping to raise funds to support our friends in Kushadevi, such as doing a sponsored climb on the anniversary of the devastating earthquake which affected many families in and around Kushadevi.
So far, our support has helped to provide a library and begin to stock it with books in both Nepali and English!
An important part of the Sister Schools project is the exchange of knowledge and educational practices between the staff at the two school and we are pleased to announce that phase 1 has just been successfully completed - Mr Willis went out to Nepal to visit the school and support the staff through training - see below.
Phase 2 planning is underway and in November School Director SK Thapa will be making a visit to MOSPS to gather further ideas for Kushadevi and to share some of his own.
We very much look forward to welcoming him after the festival of Tihar - watch this space.
If you want to find out more about the Sister Schools Project, or are interested in supporting the valuable work of the Freedom to Learn charity, please do not hesitate to come in and speak to Mr Willis, or vist the Freedom to Learn website.
In the latest part of our Sister Schools Project, our Friendship Ambassadors got the opportunity to learn a popular Nepali Children’s song: Resham Firiri.
First, they were played a pre-videoed version of Nepali children singing it, then, under Joey’s tutorage, they began to learn the lyrics before they interrupted by a surprise Facetime call from pupils at Kushadevi School, who performed the song live. Our ambassadors joined in with the chorus and produced a magic moment of inter-continental connection.
The 2016-17 Year 6 Friendship Ambassadors said their farewells to their Kushadevi counterparts last week.
Topics for the conversation included moving schools, travelling to school and Nepali greetings.