Building a safe school is just as important to us as what happens in it afterwards. Our response to that need is the youth program whose mission is to provide an interactive and hands-on learning environment for Nepali school children currently enrolled at the primary level between the ages of 3-11 years old. We currently have a team of international volunteers who visit the two primary schools and one secondary school 2-3 times a week to provide supplemental curriculum in a fun, engaging way and incorporate skills and values that can sometimes be absent in the standard government curriculum, such as: teamwork, leadership, creativity, and confidence.
Over time, as we continue working at The Takure Primary School, The Bimire Primary School, and Nawalpur Secondary School, we hope to develop a more mature program that can act as a resource to the greater community. Our current workable goals include providing outlets for artistic expression, helping to cultivate teamwork and leadership skills, and increasing the self-confidence and intellectual capability of our students. We want to be a resource for local teachers and provide supplementary learning that fits into and supports their current curriculum.
Our long-term goals include eventually building a youth community center where young children and teenagers alike can have access to a range of resources, whether that be art and school supplies, extracurricular workshops, or a locally run computer lab/internet cafe. Being cognizant of the need for sustainability, other long term goals include 1) developing an infrastructure that can train and empower local teachers to learn new methods and be as effective in their classrooms as possible, and 2) outreach to university educated Nepalis from metropolitan areas and create a program for them to volunteer and give back to rural communities.