Education: Inclusive School in Sonbhadra, India
What are the concrete advantages of running a school in our Center versus a public primary school?
We offer one nursery class and primary school classes 1 to 5.
The school is free for children from poor families and has the quality of a private school, which is very expensive.
With the school education for up to 60 students at the same time, the level but also the complexity of our work increases significantly.
In September 2020 we received the license to operate an inclusion school, i.e. a special needs school in which children with and without disabilities learn together. This is the first license granted to an organization in Sonbhadra district. We are very proud of this.
Above all, we want to develop the personality of the children.
Education: (Winter)-Schools in Upper Dolpo, Nepal
- Winter school in Saldang with 80 children since 2016
- Winter school in Nyisal with 35 children since 2019
- School in Lhuri with 35 children since 2021
Why are we doing this and what effects does it have on the children and adults in the mountain villages?
The schools have a kindergarten, a nursery and grades 1 to 6. At the end of the 6th grade, the children take an exam. If you pass these, you can go to a ‘secondary school’ in Kathmandu. So far, all the children from Saldang and Nyisal have passed the exam, which is also a success of the winter school.
The children learn to read, write and do math, learn the Tibetan, Nepalese and partly English language. They receive a general education and a deeper understanding of the Tibetan culture, have a choice of how and where they want to spend their lives. Many people see the Upper Dolpo as the real keeper of the core Tibetan culture.
Children who go to school in their village from the start often return home later. They have a higher bond and social responsibility to families and are more open to Tibetan culture.
Examples of successful graduates are teachers who teach at the school, optimized agriculture and training in manual craft, but also political, medical and other activities.
School Construction Lhuri
The existing school building is dilapidated and can no longer be used. In January 2022 we decided to build a new school complex. The construction will take 2-3 years because there are limited opportunities to get wood.
The school complex will consist of the following building parts:
- Seven rooms for grades 1-5 as well as kindergarten and nursery
- A kitchen
- Two dormitories for teachers and students
- An office space
- A room for events and vocational training
- Three toilet rooms
The children from Shungjer and Ke villages will stay at school and sleep there because the way to school is too long.
As soon as we have enough wood, we will equip the school with benches and tables. In the medium term we plan to install a solar system.
Alexander was fascinated by the people and culture of Tibet and Nepal. Through this school we shall keep him in lasting memory.
Education: Primary/Secondary School Nigeria
What are the long-term benefits for the students?
The general structure of the school is good. There are currently 700 students in the primary school and 1,000 in the secondary school. A total of almost 80 teachers are employed. A separation of classrooms is necessary in order to enable undisturbed lessons.
The major subjects in primary school are: English, Math, Basic Science, Quantitative Thinking, Social Studies, Igbo Language, Writing, Fine Arts, and Basic Technology. English, political education, Marketing, Math, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Literature, and Economics are taught in the secondary school. On average, a class is attended by 50-60 students and around 80% of students finish secondary school.
After the renovation, the classrooms will look much friendlier, with smaller classes, a library, laboratories for physics and chemistry, water and sanitary facilities. In short, the students feel better and that increases motivation. Their life will definitely be better in the future and will help stop unnecessary migration. If people are comfortable at home, they don’t have to risk drowning in the sea looking for a better life in Europe.
- missing and runaway children.
- “found infants”.
- neglected children.
In Varanasi we operate a special ChildLine program called “Open Shelter Railway”. Children at risk are brought from the train station to the center and looked after until a solution is found.
- Beauty: We provide classrooms and a ‘lab’ for up to 50 people in parallel for beauty training.
- Tailoring: We have a classroom and ‘lab’ for up to 50 people working in fashion and tailoring.
- Computer: We provide a room with 10 computers. We have the license for various training modules.
A special cooperation with the NSIC is also the Udyog Aadhar Skill Program of the NSIC. Here people from socially disadvantaged groups and tribes (Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes, which are often referred to as the “untouchables”) are supported in finding a way into employment. Through our outreach program we have access to the people in the villages and the government gives start-up financing with cheap loans and certificates depending on their skills.
We also employ a placement officer in our center.
- We advise and organize women’s meetings.
- We enable vocational training.
- We organize groups to strengthen the self-confidence of women and arrange small loans for self-employment.
- We encourage women to be advocates for the development of their children.
The success of our approach will significantly reduce child labor in all of these families.
Outreach Program / Open Shelter
Medical Emergency Aid
In India it is part of what we offer in our Open Shelter programs or individual help in the outreach program. In Nigeria, it is also part of the outreach program. In Nepal, there are special campaigns, such as the ones most recently with Covid-19, through the supply of the most important medicines for the people in Upper Dolpo.
Unfortunately, we cannot help all people who do not have the money to see a doctor in the hospital.
In India, we offer regular medical check-ups, healthy food and clean water to the children who complete a program at our center. We specifically provide medication for sick children in families that are being cared for.
In Nigeria, some seriously ill children are partially funded for a surgery and there is hope for a cure. Unfortunately we do not have a guarantee. We can only help a few people, but each individual case is all the more precious.
Pure Drinking Water
Our goal is to produce clean water ourselves and to distribute most of it to families in need free of charge. However, we still need additional funds for this.
For this reason, they either collect drinking water from the roof in pots or fetch the water from public wells or distant streams or ponds.
Even the water from the public wells is heavily contaminated with heavy metals because it is taken from too shallow a depth.
The human impact is fatal. Typhoid, kidney disease and gastro-intestinal diseases are the most common causes of contaminated water. These diseases would require visits to the doctor or hospital, which very few people can afford. If, in addition to the water problem, there is also poor nutrition and poverty, the future prospects for the children are very poor. Bacterial diseases develop during personal hygiene. Therefore, the water should be disinfected, which hardly anyone can afford.
No money – no treatment! In case of illness – no school attendance! No school attendance – no training and no chance of work! The chain reaction is obvious. We want to improve this by producing pure drinking water.