The 2015 earthquakes caused unimaginable destruction in Nepal. Many rural communities were in vulnerable situations before the earthquake. The idea of reconstruction felt unattainable, so many families migrated to the city. The Yangri Valley was no exception.
This is why the future of the Yangri Valley rests on the education of the next generation. To not only provide opportunities for these families but provide options for viable livelihoods in the valley.
Following the initial relief and reconstruction work in the valley, Himalayan Life built a regional school called the Yangri Academic Centre (YAC).
The vision of YAC is to be a school that holds outstanding educational standards and sound pedagogy. A school where teachers are excited about education. Where the potential for both academically talented and challenged students are developed to their full potential. A place where children will discover the sheer joy and excitement of learning.
Yangri Academic Centre (YAC) – The Short:
- Regional School with boarding facilities
- Located in Yangri, Sindupalchowk, Nepal.
- Presently operating 7 grades (Lower & Upper Kindergarten, Grades 1 to 5)
- Enrollment: 132 children
- Staff: 30 staff members (teaching & non-teaching)
- Opened in April 2018
- Incorporated under the Ministry of Education with the Government of Nepal.
- Expansion of the school underway, to add Grades 6 and 7 and Outdoor School in 2020
- Total Investment for Land and Buildings: CAD 350,000
- Annual operational budget (2018): CAD 137,000
- Project partner and supervision: HL-Switzerland and HL-Canada.
See the latest construction as the second school year of YAC begins!
Yangri Academic Centre (YAC) – The Long:
Yangri Academic Center (YAC)
This school exists to allow children to experience the joy of learning, perhaps for the first time. It is a patient space, allowing children who struggle academically to grow and develop alongside their peers. Students will be equipped for either further education or vocational training. Students will develop into responsible citizens. Those who are willing and able to contribute to society and have a transformative impact on the nation.
Participation in the local community is extremely important. Locals are involved in the construction and operation of the school. This involves the planning and decision-making stages as well as the construction jobs made available. Work opportunities are being created locally and the people of the Yangri Valley have developed a sense of ownership for YAC. This school is for their children, building the future of their region.
Photos courtesy of Peter Schaeublin (www.peterschaeublin.com)