A Day in the Life of St.Joseph's High School (before the Earthquake of 2015)
Temporary Classrooms from the Earthquake of 2015
St. Joseph’s school is located 4-5 kilometers outside of the capital city of Kathmandu , on the way to Raniban, in a village called Goldhunga.
Amith Singh is the founder, and his wife, Indrani Pradhan, is the principal. The area’s inhabitants are dependent on either agriculture or agricultural labors. The average annual income is low, and most families live below the poverty level.
The school was established in 2000 with only 44 students . It now has approximately 379 students from preschool to 10th grade standard (SLC).
Some come from single-parent homes. Most have difficult living conditions.
In many cases, families consider it more worthwhile to educate their sons than their daughters. Many girls work in the fields from as young as 7 years old.
St. Joseph’s reaches out to these girls in the hopes of giving them a better life, and also help put a stop to the child trafficking in Nepal.
The school currently provides free school uniforms and education for 70 children (boys and girls) whose parents cannot afford even the basics of schooling for their children.
The faculty of 21 members consists of 14 teachers and 7 school staff, all of whom are underpaid. Despite these huge obstacles, St. Joseph’s has been getting good results in educating the children with high grades or marks and have high standings in local competitions with other schools.
Unfortunately, although things are improving on the education part, the condition of the school property and grounds is still below average.
Originally, the children had access to only a limited selection of library books, two computers, outdated equipment in their science laboratory, and neither playground equipment nor sports equipment.
Since 2011-2013 we’ve helped supply educational and Christian books, (donated from Taiwan) 8 new desktop computers with monitors, new doors for the classrooms and outside toilets, new sports equipment, clothing, a ping pong table, and book cabinets. We were also able to build a fence around the entire property.
In 2014, we brought more clothing, shoes, and school items, plus sponsored the construction of playground equipment and undertook the re-plastering and repainting of the entire school. With the help of donations from concerned individuals, we were able to commission the making of new benches and tables for the students and refurbished the old desks and seats.
In 2015, two massive earthquakes shook Nepal , and the aftermath resulted the need to build temporary classrooms, as well as a growing student attendance. Free monthly tuition was also raised for all children attending throughout 2015 in an effort to give the parents time and resources to rebuild their homes and lives.
We help the children by giving them the opportunity to receive an education (whether secular, Hindu or Buddhist) in a secure and loving environment, where they can receive training academically with the emphasis on the Gospel in their everyday lives.
Our hope is that when they graduate from school, we will have helped them get well on the road to a career, so they can provide a decent livelihood for their families and become a contributing part of their future community.
Current statistics are as follows:
In July 2015 there were 298 students. Now in, May 2016 there are 379 students.
There are 10 temporary classrooms, plus 2 actual classrooms,-12 classrooms in total.
Each classroom can hold 31 students on the average. The one that has the most students is 37
School fee affordability:
70 students cannot afford it at all.
180-200 students are able to afford it.
109 students can afford it from time to time.
The School's staff’s monthly salary is about $60 USD. They don’t need to pay the rent, for those who work for the school. They only need to cover food, clothing, transportation cost and school fee for those that have children. (They normally have 2 children).
For those who work at their farms, their monthly salary is about $100-120 USD. They usually have 2-3 kids.
School grades arrangement:
Age: 3-17 years old
Kindergarten: 3-6 years old
Primary School: 6-12 years old
Middle School: 12-16 years old
5 years from now, the school must own its own land in order to exist legally according to Government law. Presently we rent.
Currently the school runs up to 10th grade, they would like to extend it to 12th grade (High School: 16-19 years old) in 2 years, otherwise it cannot be done after 2 years, according to the new regulation by the Nepalese Government.
該校的創始人爲Amith先生和他的太太，Indrani Pradhan。 Indrani Pradhan爲該校的校長。Goldhunga鄉村以農業爲主，年收入低，大部分的家庭都生活在貧窮階層。
2000年剛創校時，僅有44名學生。現在從學前到10th 級SLC*, 共有379名學生 *SLC：當地學制
在2015 年7月有298 位學生，現2016 年 5月，已增加至379 位學生。爲了應付不斷增加的學童，我們增添了 10間臨時教室, 外加原有的教室2間, 一共 12間。
學校員工一個月薪水約 $60美金=1980 NT$，無須支付房租, 住在工廠, 只需支付食衣住行, 學雜費。而當地大部分農場 一個月薪水約 $100-$120 USD= 3960 NT$。
國中 12-16 (4) 10年級
依據當地法律，一間合法的學校必須擁有土地權。然而目前該校的土地是租賃而來的。另外，現有學校教授至10年級, (高中 16-19)校方希望能在兩年內升級至12年級, 因為尼國政府剛發佈,兩年後無法再升級。
Computers donated to children. Nepali dancing- must see!
Joy and kids pack 90 kilos of goods for children in Nepal