Upgrade for Astam school

Upgrade for Astam school

We have had a long-term relationship with Shree Bhumeshwor in the village of Astam, having completed our first project at the school in December 2011. Over the last seven years, we have been able to provide upgrades to the computer centre we installed in 2011, place Australian educators to help with teaching, and provided a variety of training programs and educational material support.

This year, we were able to secure special donor funding to improve facilities at the school in two areas.

Firstly, several of the teachers at the school attended a British Council training program in Kathmandu where they were introduced to a variety of pedagogical approaches as well as the use of appropriate technology in the classrooms. They made a request for a smart TV so they could source educational material on a USB drive for display on the TV. Our donors were happy to accept their request and a 55” TV was installed in the existing computer education centre building originally installed by us.

Secondly, during our visit to the school in November 2017, we found that there were significant improvements made to grade one to five classrooms to make them more child-friendly. Children were completing work on one large table in collaboration with each other, rooms were painted and educational material and books available to them in the classroom. One room that was seriously neglected however was the pre-primary class. We had the funding to provide new furniture and cushions, paint the wall and with letters of the alphabet, and to provide new carpet. Our contribution was therefore to create a more friendly and comfortable space for the children to learn.