The 2015 earthquakes caused unimaginable destruction in Nepal. The daunting reconstruction challenged the rural communities, as they were struggling before the devastation. As a result, the damage forced many people to leave their homes and livelihoods.
The future of the Yangri valley rests on the education of the next generation. In particular, building good schools in this region will give families the chance to rebuild their lives and look forward to the future.
Following the initial relief and reconstruction work in the valley, Himalayan Life built a regional school in Yangri called the Yangri Academic Centre (YAC). The vision of YAC is of a school with outstanding educational standards and sound pedagogy. A school where teachers are excited about education, where the potential of both the academically talented and challenged students are developed to their fullest. 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 5 grades (lower & upper Kindergarten, Grades 1 to 3)
- Satellite Kindergarten in Ripaar, a remote Sherpa village further up in the Yangri Valley
- Enrollment: 103 children, including 60 children who live in the school dorms
- Staff: 21 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 4 and 5 and Nursery in 2019
- 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 was built for the teachers who could bring life to the curriculum and for the children to experience the joy of learning, perhaps for the first time. Importantly, it is a patient space, so that the academically challenged students can grow and develop alongside the academically talented. Students will be equipped for further educational pursuit, be it vocational or academic. Moreover, students will be prepared for being responsible citizens, willing and able to contribute to society and have transformative impact on the nation.
As much as possible, the locals are being 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. In this manner, work opportunities are being created locally, and the people of the Yangri Valley are developing a much needed sense of ownership for YAC. After all, this is the school for their children, building the future of their region.
Photos courtesy of Peter Schaeublin (www.peterschaeublin.com)