News from Nepal:
- Two years have past since we last visited our Early Childhood Development (ECD) schools in Nepal. We plan to make a trip this November bring our curriculum back for new teachers and to help those teachers are having difficulty implementing the curriculum as presented to them over the last 10 years.
- Our stalwart partner, Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN), continues to move forward on our collaborative effort to bring preschool education to rural villages. Earlier this year, we supported repairs and updates on many of our classrooms. VIN was also able to facilitate the construction of a new ECD classroom.
- We are also pleased to report that the local governments have committed to paying part of the community preschool teacher's salary. VIN and PiSL have been working hard to educate the local governments on the importance of their commitment to the education of the young children in their villages. PISL continues to support the salary of 9 teachers.
- The next bit of good news is that our talented Nepali architect, Rajeep, has developed plans for a new earthquake resistant classroom that is significantly cheaper to build than the ones we built several years ago. A small classroom can be built for about $7000 (previous design was $12000)! There is currently one classroom that need to be replaced and we are looking for funding to get these built in 2022.
- You might consider sponsoring the full construction of a classroom! Your gift of $7000 will cover the costs of constructing a classroom. Dedicate the classroom in honor of a loved one, friend or family member. A plaque will be placed on the completed building to show your commitment to education and love for your honoree. Photos will be provided to update you on construction and to keep you informed about the classroom as it becomes a reality. Please let Diann know of your intention at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Work in Nepal
After teachers receive training, they need the required instructional materials to engage their students in learning. All 50 classrooms have received the materials needed to teach the Whole Child philosophy behind the PiSL Early Childhood Curriculum. We encourage teachers to use them and are committed to periodically updating and replacing these materials.