Moving Mountains Nepal strives to provide increased access to education from primary school to tertiary education for all of the children in the villages of Bupsa, Bumburi, and the surrounding areas.
Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, the education standards in this area were quite low. The schools were small, run down, and children often had to walk long distances to attend.
Over the years, the level of education throughout the villages dropped markedly. Parents, seeking better educational opportunities for their children, moved away from the villages, sometimes all the way to Kathmandu. Bupsa and Bumburi struggled to cope.
Since the early 2000s, Moving Mountains Nepal has worked with the people of Bupsa and Bumburi to help them reclaim their educational facilities and improve the standard of education in their villages. We focus on renovating and rebuilding schools, securing qualified teachers, and investing in children who are interested in tertiary education.
Through our work on education in Nepal, we have seen huge benefits to all of the people living in this region. Families are returning to the area, villagers are proud of their educational facilities, and more children are attending the schools.
Below, you’ll find more information about our specific educational programs around Nepal.
Focusing on Primary Education in Nepal
Our largest educational projects in Nepal have focused on bolstering the primary education in Bupsa and Bumburi. For many years, these schools were poorly maintained. The buildings were too small for the village and didn’t provide enough access to education for the children. As a result, children often had to walk long distances to attend school or not attend at all.
To solve this issue, Moving Mountains Nepal worked alongside the community to renovate and rebuild the primary schools in Bupsa and Bumburi. With the help of skilled laborers, volunteers, and villagers all working together, we have generously increased the size and capacity of these primary schools.
Once the schools were rebuilt and expanded, they needed more teachers in order to cater to the many children in the surrounding area. Moving Mountains Nepal began providing salaries for extra teachers. In this way, we have been able to improve the quality of education available to the children of Bupsa and Bumburi.
In the years since we began working with the primary schools in these villages, we’ve seen massive improvements across the board. Today, the total number of students in both schools has increased. There are 165 children attending the Bupsa Primary School while over 200 attend the Bumburi Primary school.
This is a result of the larger schools, better teachers, and also the economic impact that these improved schools have had on the region. Because there are larger, better schools in place, families have returned to the area. This drives economic growth and helps make life in the region more sustainable.
Our valuable work on these primary schools is not yet finished. We hope to continue to expand both schools, increasing the number of students and building facilities for middle and secondary schools as well.
We also continue to pay the salaries for several teachers in each village. Our work on education in Nepal requires support from generous donors and volunteers.
Secondary Schools in Nepal
Access to education is a basic right of children across the world, and that includes secondary education as well as primary. Unfortunately, for many of the children living in these villages, secondary school is difficult to achieve. The closest secondary schools are far away and children have to walk long distances to attend.
Currently, we are working on a project to further develop the Bumburi primary school, expanding and adding buildings to house a secondary school as well. Our hope is that this new facility will operate as the central secondary school for the villages of Bupsa, Bumburi, and the surrounding region.
We believe that with the support of our generous donors, volunteers, and the passion and hard work of the local community, we can create a high-quality secondary school with the capacity to provide access to education for the entire village.
Since there has not been a secondary school in these villages for many years, Moving Mountains Nepal formed a partnership with the Sapta Gandhi School in Kathmandu to assist students in reaching a secondary school level.
The Sapta Gandaki School is a fee-paying secondary school offering the high level of education only found in Kathmandu. For several years, Moving Mountains Nepal has supported 11 children from the Solukhumbu region to attend this excellent school in Kathmandu.
The cost per child for the Sapta Gandaki School is £500. If you would like to support one of these driven students and help them achieve their dreams, please consider making a one time or recurring donation.
Focus on Tertiary Education and Tourism in Nepal
Tourism is a massive industry in the Himalayas of Nepal, providing many jobs and generating much of the income in the region. However, due to violence during the Maoist Rebel period, the Everest Base Camp Trail avoids the villages of Bupsa and Bumburi, isolating them from the tourism industry.
We are hopeful that this will begin to change in the near future. Moving Mountains, working in a partnership with the Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu and TEFI (Tourism Education Futures Initiative), is creating a world-class Travel and Tourism College in Khari Khola, a village in the region.
Our goal for this institution is to provide a unique degree course focusing on tourism and social entrepreneurship in the Solukhumbu region, providing educational opportunities as well as an economic stimulus to the area.
Since May 2014, we have been collaborating with TEFI and Tribhuvan University to create this innovative educational program. Our goal is to attract international students from Nepal and across the globe to come to the Solukhumbu to study tourism and its impact on sustainable travel.
We will continue to work on this project in the coming years and are exceedingly optimistic about the potential outcome.
To show your approval and support for any of our educational programs in Nepal, we urge you to make a charitable donation today! Donations made from the UK are tax deductible according to UK law.