Chhonhup Winter School
Placement of a professional teacher from Australia to help with teaching children and the professional development of local teachers. Providing educational material for the school.
- Location : Archalbot, Pokhara, Kaski District
- Institution : Chhonhup Community Winter School (6 schools combined from the Chhonhup VDC, Upper Mustang)
- Population : Students: 30, teachers: 8, grades: 1 to 4
- Date : Nov 2015 to Feb 2016
- Category : Educational Material, Teaching, Training,
Before the start of the winter months, when temperatures are approaching freezing point during the day, schools in the Upper Mustang region near the Tibetan border with Nepal close their doors and move to lower altitudes to continue teaching. Essentially, there is a winter migration of schools to warmer areas for around four months of the year.
In 2015, we met the teachers and children from six primary schools from the Chhonhup VDC in Upper Mustang soon after they completed a three-day journey from their mountain home at an altitude of around 4,200 metres to the warmer outskirts of the city of Pokhara where they rented a one-room building. This became their home and classroom for all grades for the winter.
The children slept on mattresses a few inches thick on a bare concrete floor and a courtyard at the rear of the building, covered with a plastic tarpaulin and furnished with plastic chairs, was were many classes were taught.
The six schools come together during the winter months to become the Chhonhup Community Winter School. Teachers conduct classes during normal school hours and after hours they become the children’s carers. The parents go to other parts of Nepal or India for three to four months to earn money to support the family for the coming year.
Over the years’ the Chhonhup community collected enough money to purchase land, located 15km West of Pokhara, to build their own school but not enough to start construction.
We placed an experienced teacher at the school for three months to help with teaching and the professional development of local teachers. We also provided educational support for the school in 2016 with the purchase of books and learning materials.
In 2015, we provided the initial funding to help commence the construction of the new school.