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Kharikhola ECED completed classrooms

 

There has been much reason to celebrate in the remote village of Kharikhola, near Lukla as 4 new Early Years (ECED) classrooms at Shree Kharikhola Secondary School have been officially opened.  Despite work only beginning at the site in November, the ambitious plans have been completed on schedule and to an exemplary earthquake resistant standard.  The build has attracted great support from the local community who place a high value on education and credit must be given to them for working together preparing the land and carrying building materials. Read more about the construction here.

Locals carrying roof truss

 

Apprentices painting at Kharikhola

The project has been supported by the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Apprentices who have not only spent 2 years working hard to fundraise for the build but have also travelled thousands of miles and trekked for days through challenging terrain to get stuck in and help out in person.  

Once they arrived, they worked flat out completing jobs around the site and painting inside and out ready for the handover of the building.  Their dedication and commitment has been incredible. Read their blog here.

 

Cheshire Fire Apprentices Kharikhola Cheshire Fire Mural Kharikhola 2018

Ribbon cutting at Kharikhola

The new design sees two pairs of classrooms joined by a covered shared area; this practical design will provide the necessary space for child centred activities which will excite and engage the children, helping to foster enthusiasm and a love of learning.

The facility will be used by 100 ECED children but will ultimately benefit the whole school of 410 students as the new teaching methods cement a strong foundation for future educational practice.

Teaching and learning will be monitored on an ongoing basis by CITC’s Education Support Worker Mingma Chhamji Sherpa.

Advice, support and training will also be given to the teachers to ensure that learning opportunities are maximised and best practice is achieved.

 

There was a great atmostphere at the opening ceremony with speeches from appreciative members of the school and community and joyful dances from the children.

 

Work is also now underway on the installation of two gender specific toilet blocks, due to be completed in April.

 

Follow @CITCNepal on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with how these fantastic new facilities at Kharikhola are used going forward.

Children dancing Kharikhola

 

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