Dangling is a village tucked away in the remote hills of Nepal in the western region, about two hours away from the Gandaki Province Capital, Pokhara. It’s a picturesque village which boasts the view of entire Annapurna Himalayas.
As beautiful as it is, being remote also means farming is the majority of income for many families and other opportunities for income are very rare. Migration to nearby town centre’s mean, only the poor families are left behind with lack of infrastructure around education & health.
The Sishukalyan Janapriya Secondary School has been serving the Dangling village for over 30 years. The existing school buildings were progressively built over that time with use of local resources most of which were damaged by the 2015 earthquakes. The structure was so damaged, the school management committee started thinking of the alternative space to build entire new school. Part of the problem was this school was built on a small space when it was built all those years ago.
Since 2015, the school has had assistance locally to build 5 classrooms to go in with existing 2 classrooms in the new location (damaged but manageable to move in for the time being). Over the last couple of years, REACH for Nepal (RFN) assisted the management committee to build two classrooms which enabled the school to move in to the new location. The community, school management committee is forever thankful to RFN for helping out the vulnerable students move to the new school. The project ensured the children weren’t exposed to further ruins of the damaged classroom.
The school has fair amount of work that needs to be done though to ensure at the very least, students have access to classrooms (not damaged by earthquakes) & everyone at the school has access to clean drinking water.
The projects that are identified below are done in consultations with the school management committee & the village management committee. The community was given ample notice through the committee’s about the project consultation. This notice included the importance of considering those that are marginalised, all gender participation and analysis of barriers to their inclusion to identify the opportunities for their participation.
Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals
This project will contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in the following ways.
Quality Education: The scope of this project includes the addition of education resources to assist learning, a bright and clean school environment conducive to a better learning and improved quality of education
No Poverty: Improved education facilities and teaching resources will increase the prospects of employment and create further opportunities to reduce poverty
Reduced Inequalities: Through better education there is an increased likelihood of reducing inequalities
Sishukalyan Janapriya Secondary School, Taksar
People of Australia / REACH for Nepal Foundation
Outputs, Outcomes and Benefits (Impact)
The project's output is to rebuild of two classrooms in phase 1 of the project. Once the entire project is carried out
The School which will have new facilities like classrooms, furniture, library and a small Science lab fit for the school
The students and staff will have access to water (water storage system) and filtered water for consumption
The project's outcome is to provide children in Dangling village, Syangja with high-quality, disaster-resistant educational facilities, allowing them to attend school all year.
The impact of the project is that children will have access to high-quality education, which will help reduce inequalities and poverty in the area.
Review and Sustainability
The REACH for Nepal Director in Nepal will check with the leaders of the school and community soon after project completion to see whether there are any issues with equipment or newly constructed building.
The purpose of the final follow-up after 12 months of project completion, is to check whether the project was relevant, effective and whether the outcome is sustainable. That is, confirming or otherwise whether we did the right thing, and did we do it the right way?
The images of the classrooms before, and after the investment from REACH from Nepal Foundation.