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Transcript of Nepal
Stockholm International School
We arrived at Kathmandu Airport and were met by Prabin the head of Himalayan Voluntourism, Bikram our interpreter and RK our driver.
To share teaching practices and lessons with Nepalese teachers.
To visit Shila Devi School to see if SIS could collaborate with this school in the future.
Shila Devi School
Arrived at the school, where it was the last day of term before the holidays.
Received traditional scarves and flowers before singing the National song.
Proban used Grade 5's 2000 SEK donation to buy crayons, pencil, paper etc for each child.
Other supplies for the school were also donated and we had balls, books and skipping ropes with us.
Shila Devi School
Patan and Durbar Square is in the heart of the old town and is one of the main tourist attractions.
The area known as the "Monkey Temple" to west of Kathmandu consists of a stupa, shrines and temples, with holy monkeys living in the north-west parts of the temple.
Shila Devi School
Around 60 children go to the school
Some have to walk over an hour each way.
Can only attend the school if they have a uniform.
The children don’t get any food whilst at school, so do not receive anything to eat until they get home.
School is very basic and is lacking in all supplies. The few books they have are very outdated.
There is no electricity, 2 toilets and 1 tap with water.
We met with the teachers and the village elders to talk about how they thought we could help them in the future.
Walked down the valley through local villages to the Shila Devi School.
Rural area with lush vegetation
The land is often formed into terraces to grow crops.
Short flight with Buddha Air back to Kathmandu.
Saw some of the peaks of the Himalayas.
Picked up our luggage which was delivered from the plane by a tractor and headed back to the Kathmandu Guest House.
We introduced the theory of multiple intelligences and how we use personal goal words in the classroom.
We explained Inquiry based learning and gave examples of different lessons that they could adapt for their classrooms if they wanted.
Visited ladies from villages who had been attending a course to teach knitting skills to help earn income.
Seen as an alternative to making money from brewing the local moonshine made from millet. It also gave them a chance to socialize with each other.
We visited the ‘factory’ in Kathmandu where other ladies created shawls and other items using felt, leaves and corn stalks to sell in Kathmandu.
Stopped at the resort where students who visit from International Schools get a chance to try white river rafting.
Continued onto the lakeside resort, Pokhara, famous for adventure sports and is the gateway to Annapurna treks.
First Two & Last Two Days
Population of about 2.5 million (Nepal has approximately 27 million )
Stayed at the Kathmandu Guesthouse, a former Rana Palace in the down town area known as Thamel.
Boudha is another great tourist attraction with many Stupas including Asia’s largest.
On our third morning we left the city and headed for Nagarkot and The Farmhouse.
The music played during the presentation is a popular Nepalese song performed by Nawang, a member of the organisation.
Ended the week with feedback from the teachers, a poem written by one of the teachers for us, songs and dancing!
19 teachers from 10 different villages came to our course on Inquiry Based Learning.
8 Males and 11 Females from several different castes.
We then drove 6 hours west to Pokhrara.