EDUCATION & SCHOOLS
This is how Back to Life promotes education
Pave the Way to Graduation
By constructing school buildings where they are urgently needed, we are strengthening the thin school infrastructure in the high mountains and in the countryside. This is done in consultation with the education authority, which guarantees the additional teachers for the schools we have built and expanded. Since 2009, Back to Life has built 36 school buildings with a total of 116 earthquake-proof classrooms in Nepal. We have already achieved several times by building a new school block that the school could be expanded by one grade. The students can now complete more school years than before and even achieve the Abitur in the remote areas of the high mountains.
As Important as the ABC
The overall health of children is important back to life. We organize regular examinations at schools by doctors to ensure that the students are and will remain healthy. Should a child need additional treatment, they will be taken to the nearest health center or hospital in consultation with the teachers and parents. If the parents cannot afford medical treatment, Back to Life will pay for it.
In every school we build, we provide gender-segregated and girl-friendly toilets and running water. The condition of the school buildings is being regularly checked by our on-site team.
Preschool is good for children and adults
Back to Life has set up or supported 35 kindergartens for toddlers. 848 little boys and girls are currently visiting. The committed educators strengthen early childhood development and introduce the little ones to learning in a playful way. The older siblings, who often had to look after them, finally got the opportunity to attend classes regularly.
Opening Up New Horizons
In order to educate the children beyond their regular school education, we have founded children’s and youth clubs. To this end, we offer various activities in which the children can design and participate themselves: training and awareness-raising campaigns on children’s rights, health and hygiene, environmental, climate and resource protection as well as creative workshops. In joint activities, they paint and design posters, green their schoolyard, plant trees, collect rubbish and introduce rubbish separation in their villages. Through the youth clubs, the children learn to stand up for themselves: especially for their right to education and a life without child marriage.
How do we succeed in ensuring that children from poor families can go to school permanently?
With the help of school sponsorships, Back to Life supports almost 4,000 children directly in the three project areas Mugu, Nuwakot and Chitwan – from pre-school to high school. In Nepal there are no school fees up to the 10th grade, but attending school is associated with high costs for economically disadvantaged families. Since Back to Life provides the children with school uniforms and shoes, school bags, learning materials such as books, exercise books and pens every year, we can secure their school attendance.
In addition, we offer the families in the project villages income support, for example through the construction and operation of greenhouses. If this support helps people to help themselves and provides the parents with an additional income, the children are free to attend school – even after primary school.
At some schools, Back to Life offers a balanced and freshly cooked lunch every day, with which every child can fill their stomach. This is also an important incentive for parents to send their children to school. At the same time, the school sponsorships promote and maintain the good equipment of the school, another motivation for some parents, because they can finally believe in a better future for their children. In addition, parents do not miss the fact that their school children are healthier.