Saturday, April 12, 2014

A request to support an initiation of "Educating Nepal"

Dear Friends,

'Educating Nepal' established by few of generous youths in our society have been working hard to make under privileged people aware about their capabilities and helping them to make their children educated in remote villages in Nepal, now concentrated in Majhi Gaaun, a remote village in Sindhupalchok district. EN believes Effective learning starts with a favorable learning environment and is dedicated to create a similar positive environment to the deprived children in Majhi Gaaun with a local school completely run by the local resources available then. 



This blog here is posted here to let you know that they are in need of our love and support. We are a group of different individuals of various professions, if we could be a little help to their dedication, that could be a great motivation towards the dedicated youths. If you are impressed with the idea, we could conduct a mission to serve the children with their basic needs for education in near future too. You can also sponsor a pupil a year whose total cost a year would be NRs 6000 per pupil as NRs 500 per month is the unit cost for a child. 
We are looking forward to hear from you soon.



Know more about Educating Nepal : 

Grant Request


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 26 (Education for all)
Everyone has the human right to education including free and compulsory elementary education. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
The right to education ensures access to quality schools and shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.



Proposed by:  
Educating Nepal                                                                     
Thamel-29, KMC
Kathmandu, Nepal
March 2014



Date: March 24, 2014

Respected Sir,
Educating Nepal is pleased to submit this request for your review. We look forward to your cooperation in building the community of Jholunge Basti, Majhi Gaun, Bhotsippa-9, Sindupalchowk.
Educating Nepal is a youth-led non-government organization dedicated to making the children from every corner of Nepal literate, learned and wise. The organization started in 2009, when three young people with a noble initiative started teaching a few kids from Majhi Gaun, Sindhupalchowk. The numbers slowly increased and a school was founded in 2010. Educating Nepal was formally registered as an NGO on December 21, 2012.
We at Educating Nepal believe that every child has the right to free education. To be able to expand one’s knowledge and become an independent, responsible and a successful citizen is every Nepali’s birthright. We want to make this dream come true because we care about them. We want the children, regardless of caste, creed or wealth to get equal treatment. We want the children to be trained in all aspects of hygiene, national and global awareness as well as information technology.
Our initial requirements are stable classrooms to provide a good learning environment, hostel facilities for volunteers to make learning smooth and as many educational materials as possible. For this, we have allocated a total fund of Rs 3 million. The immediate need is a concrete building for which budget of Rs 1.5 million has been allocated and we have collected Rs 750,000 so far. The number of students is steadily growing and this has only been possible through generosity of people like you.
Your support in this initiative will be highly appreciated. You are one driving catalyst to a required change in Nepal.

Warm Regards,

………………………….
Aashish Ghimire                                                         
(Director Member)      
Vision
We envision a prosperous nation with an all-round development in areas such as health, wealth and environment made possible by formal, non-formal and informal education, and through mass participation of youths who are impelled in their own right to conceive righteously the significance of philanthropy and social responsibility.
Mission Statement
Educating Nepal is committed to bringing about social reforms primarily by educating children—especially the underprivileged, not only the children with the ability to read and write, but those with the ability to have an open mind and to acquire the right skills to move forward.
Objectives
We thrive on the following three aspects of education for the underprivileged children and the community as a whole
Education
Ø  Academic Curriculum
Ø  Value Education
Ø  IT Education
With the following objectives, we plan to meet our goal      
·         To initiate schools in the remote areas of Nepal, and to provide free quality education for the underprivileged and deprived children of Nepal, especially of the backward communities;
·         To help derive a curriculum  prioritizing value education ;
·         To provide IT training and to take such a technology to remote areas of Nepal;                  
·         To offer financial or technical support to the public or community schools of Nepal;
·         To utilize local resource and labor to provide free education to the children;
·      To provide health and sanitation education, environmental education, and employment-oriented skills and education as part of our mission of educating Nepal; and to conduct relevant awareness programs;
·         To build auxiliary infrastructure like a library to facilitate learning; and
·         To conduct various fund raising and awareness programs.


The need
Pictures, stories, news often speak of the reality of Nepal. At one side, we see how simplicity is actually blissful; but we also see the harsh reality underneath.
The villages of Nepal do not have all the facilities that the modern world provides. It lacks all the basic infrastructure needs. And in this process, the innocent faces are also affected. They don’t have access to the most basic form of education.  There may be a school founded but there are no proper classrooms. There are children who think that computer is an alien creature while kids in other parts demand for an ipad. There may be a school but no one teaches them the right thing. Apart from that, the children themselves are lost in taking care of household chores that their basic right gets lost somewhere. The consequences of this could just be a sad photograph for now. But in the long run, we just lose invaluable resources that could develop our country. In addition, where even the well educated people are easily getting involved in disgraceful activities, malfeasance or simply not utilizing knowledge in day to day life and recurrently falling into ethical traps, our value education campaign is apt to rejuvenate the young minds with proper conscience exhorted by resolute sense of morality.
This is a harsh reality that we must pay heed now before we lose another batch of precious human resource. And it’s time we do something from our part and hope for a better tomorrow. We are but a drop in the ocean. Why not make that drop a significant one?
The solution
"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?"
Martin Luther King rightly said it. The solution is to look out for opportunities to do things for others. The solution now lies in education. Educating Nepal is seeking out opportunities to solve this crucial problem.
The solution lies in raising funds more funds, marketing ourselves so we can form a good base.  A good foundation needs a lot of support from notable people and organization. You are a part of us and our solution.
The solution lies in bringing up new ideas to ensure that the community is sustainable. The solution lies in giving what you have. It can be anything in cash, kind or service. You can help in terms of Educational resources, human resource, ideas, and opportunities to help us grow. You will be doing a lot this way.



Project Description
EN currently requires funding to develop and grow itself as a stronger entity. The team is very energetic to take a more stable start. Effective learning starts with a favorable learning environment. The initial focus of Educating Nepal is to develop an environment favorable to both students and teachers. Therefore, our project mostly focuses on laying a strong foundation.
As our start-up project, we are limited to Majhi Gaun. Majhi Gaun is translated literally as the village of fishermen. Children had been struggling to go to school because of two major difficulties, one being the distance and the other social issues.  The nearest school was a two hour walk which is almost impossible for an eight year old.  Furthermore, the particular school is operated by Brahmins, a supposedly higher caste.  This futile social issue further reduces their chances of attending school due to the limitations of caste system.
Under the watchful guidance of EN, the number of student has steadily increased and Suryodaya Prathamik School was formally registered as a community school in 2010, which is providing quality education to 120 students. The classrooms in there are built with a temporary wooden design using local resources. The current project is aimed at building a more stable framework and classrooms. A hostel facility is also needed for the incoming volunteers and teachers as a good lodging facility will increase the flow of full time teachers. Thus, eventually take us nearer to our goal.
Apart from that, we are also keen on developing educational resources like computers, books, notebooks or any sort of educational materials. We want to build an IT lab in the long run to make information and knowledge more accessible. We at Education Nepal aim to go where children do not have access to proper education.


Target Market and Geographical area
Education for all is our mantra. Our target is anywhere where education and awareness are not available.
We at Education Nepal aim to go where children do not have access to proper education. However, as our startup project, we are limited to Majhi Gaun. Majhi Gaun is translated literally as the village of fishermen. Children have been struggling to go to school because of two major difficulties, one being the distance and the other social issues.  The nearest school is a two hour walk which is almost impossible for an eight year old.  Furthermore, the particular school is operated by Brahmins, a supposedly higher caste.  This futile social issue further reduces their chances of attending school due to the limitations of caste system.
We want to create a model system there and start exploring other areas to provide our service.
To be more specific, we are now targeted in Majhi Gaun in Sindhupalchowk district. Our target population is 65 households with 150 children.
Description of Organization
Educating Nepal is a youth-led non-governmental organization. It is a tax-exempted entity, registered under Organization Registration Act 2034, section(4) and affiliated to Social Welfare Council under section 14 of Social Welfare Act 2049 working towards educating underprivileged and deprived children free of cost, thereby enabling them to a better tomorrow. It is a team of energetic youths aspiring to contribute something for the country’s future.
Educating Nepal is an initiative that started in 2009 and was formally registered as a non government organization on December 21, 2012. The organization is focused on providing a platform for over all development of children in terms of empirical knowledge, information and skills governed by ethics. Our aspiration lies in going to areas where the communities are helpless, where the 21st generation facilities have not reached yet; still there are people who want to do something.
We are currently focusing our work in Majhi Gaun. But we aim to spread to other communities and move closer to calling Nepal a 100% educated nation.


Contact Information
Educating Nepal Thamel-29, KMC, Kathmandu, Nepal
Contact Persons
Mr Ashirwad Tripathy                                                            Mr Sandip Sen Thakuri
(Executive Director)                                                               (Secretary)
Mobile 9841255623                                                                Mobile 9841625581



Goals, Outcomes and Evaluation Plan
Project Goals
Goal 1: To have a proper infrastructure, curriculum and materials for the community school with relevant   ambience for free quality education.
Measurable Outcomes
Strategies
Timeline
Evaluation Measures
A temporary structure for grade nursery, LKG/UKG and grade 1 has already been built. An improvised structure till grade three will be built.


An English medium community school with a curriculum designed by experts emphasizing government academic compliances, value education and IT education based on practical pedagogy.

Collection of grants from various national and international sources along with participation and optimum utilization of available local resources.

Co-ordination with experienced advisory boards and with the aid of reputed education experts.
March 2013 to  March 2015







By December 2013
Special EN project squad and community task force evaluating the progress, measures and needs of the school infrastructure.



Child developmental assessment surveys and pre-post tests to determine lesson learnt and increased skills.
Goal 2: To have a well equipped computer or ICT lab within the school for the students and other members of the community.
A lab with 3 computers is in operation at the moment which will increase to 20 with additional technological and communication facilities.
Collection of computers advanced or equivalent to Pentium 3 from general public and through grants.
Training of basic computer course for two youths of the village.

January 2013 to January 2014
Promotion of use and need of ICT in day to day life and demonstrating how it makes life easier through long term and short term volunteers. Also with relevant IT curriculum for school.

Project Supporting Goals
Goal 3:  To involve idle youths of the community in the project with provision of proper skills or empower them with self-employment oriented trainings.
Two previously sponsored SLC graduated youths have been appointed as teachers for pre-primary level. A couple of youths will be employed in the school and ICT lab each on completion of relevant trainings. Few amongst others will be trained to fulfill goal no 4

Youths will either be enrolled in relevant institution in the capital or project volunteers will personally train them.
January 2013 to March 2014
Project in charge and volunteers will mentor the youths throughout their learning phase and also conduct evaluation classes.
Goal 4: Inspire the exploration of local potential and it’s orientation to prosperous community sustaining EN mission on their own in the long run.
A concept of rural based developmental co-operative will be introduced amongst the local people with major objective to sustain financial needs of the school in the long run that provides employment and skills to locals making them independent

A team of experts will examine the geographical and other features of the community to evaluate local potential. On their recommendation, co-operative will launch pertinent agricultural or farming programs
January 2013- January 2015
Productivity, marketing of goods and services and relevance of activity pattern will at all times be monitored. Simple accountings and workings of co-operative will be mentored by special project task force.

Strategic plan to meet our goal
Educating Nepal has 9 founding members in the Executive Committee who work in awareness raising and managing projects of EN. Each EN project comprises a community taskforce, which looks after the activities of EN projects. The functioning of Community taskforce is divided into three parts i.e. Community School Board, Youth Wing and Cooperative (development work). Each of these functioning bodies is recognized for the sustainability of the school in the project area and for empowerment of the local people. The Community School Board has been created with the local people for management of the education system in the project area. The board manages the hiring of staffs and teachers, providing materials to the students and running day to day activities of the school among other works. The youth wing, a congregation of youths of the community are empowered through various skill oriented trainings or voluntary activities in the project thereby creating opportunities of self-employment or employment in the project. The final and one of the major activities of the taskforce is establishment of cooperative with major objective of securing financial needs of the school and working for welfare of the community. The aforementioned cooperative examines the local potential and launches effective agricultural and farming programs offering employment, business and investment environment. The predetermined portion of the profit received from the cooperative will be utilized in managing the school and ICT program so that it will function without the help of EN in the long run.  EN will work for the inception while the management and sustainability of the community school will be maintained by the community itself.
This planning structure will lead to prosperous community through literacy and developmental activities. After achieving a prosperous community, EN will move forward to next project following similar structure to inspire other communities.
History
Our story began in 2058. The credit goes to three people, Mr Hari Krishna Bhattarai, Mr Binod Basnet and Mr Ashirwad Tripathy. Mr Bhattarai initially started teaching one child from Majhi Gaun. Later he saw that two more children were interested. This small personal project turned into a passion in three young people. They wanted the entire village to open up to education, wisdom and awareness like these three little ones. Thus began the journey of Educating Nepal.
Educating Nepal started in Majhi Gaun. The village is in Bhotsippa-9, Village Development Committee (VDC) which is located 80 kilometers east of Kathmandu. The distance is not much but you see real life there.
The entire village had one only person, Mr Balbahadur Majhi who had graduated 10th grade, known in Nepal as the School Leaving Certificate (SLC). He was proud of his achievement and was willing to shoulder the responsibility of giving the same opportunity to the children in his village. With the help of Educating Nepal, Balbahadur has been looking after the construction and administration of the school.

Educating Nepal Board of Directors
Mr Binod Basnet                                                                    President
Ms Swechha Lamichhane                                                       Vice-President
Mr Ashirwad Tripathy                                                            Executive Director Treasurer
Mr Sandip Sen Thakuri                                                           Secretary
Mr Rupak Malla Thakuri                                                         Co-Secretary
Ms Shriza Singh                                                                      Member
Ms Arya Gautam                                                                    Member
Mr Aashish Ghimire                                                                Member
Ms Angela Gurung                                                                 Member


Leadership Resume
The organization functions under the leadership of Mr Binod Basnet who is the Charter President. He oversees the entire operation of the organization and assures that the Board fulfills its responsibilities to the organization. Working in partnership with the Executive Director, he makes sure that the organization is moving in right track to achieve the mission of the organization.
Mr Ashirwad Tripathy looks after everything operational, he does it all, from serving as a financial officer to managing committees and staff and developing business plans in collaboration with the board for the future of the organization as the Executive Director. He is there to design, develop and implement strategic plans for the organization in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner and acts as a liaison between the Executive Committee and the rest of the organization and a range of external stakeholders.

Budget Plan
Expense Head
Amount
Project Overhead

       School Building under-construction
Rs. 1,500,000
       School Operation Cost
Rs.    480,000
       Community Development Tools
Rs.    202,000
       Volunteers Management and Mobilization  Cost
Rs.    200,000
Administrative Overhead

       Office Operation Cost
Rs.   318,000
       Events, Promotion and Awareness Raising
Rs.   300,000
TOTAL
Rs. 3,000,000
The total estimated overhead is NRs. 3 million and the project overhead amounts to NRs. 2.4 million.
We adopt a strict policy for transparency. Our books of account are audited annually by a certified auditor. We encourage bank transaction and following are the details our bank account.
Nepal Investment Bank Ltd
Putalisadak Branch, Kathmandu
A/c name EDUCATING NEPAL
A/c number 01202050250382
Swift code NIBL NPKT

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”  Mother Teresa