Villagers began a community school several years ago to have more say in their children’s education. They bought shares to raise the funds to buy land and build classrooms. Now there are around 200 pupils from ages 6 to 17. The curriculum is in English and taught in a mixture of English and Nepali. There is an ongoing need for fluent English speakers to teach or assist in the school. Children benefit in many ways:
- Conversational practice in English
- Greater motivation to learn
- Improved pronunciation and fluency
- Exposure to diverse cultures and worldviews
- An alternative to Hollywood (or Bollywood) views of people from urbanized, industrial cultures
Although the classrooms are basic, efforts are underway to improve the facilities, and enthusiasm runs very high.