Tag: Education and School

Learning by playing

School uniforms, warm clothes and school supplies mean a lot to needy children, but not everything. This is one reason why we at Back to Life also expand and build schools, construct sanitary facilities, equip classrooms, set up libraries and train teachers. Because one thing is certain: education is important! But emotional education also plays a big role. Our commitment to this: playgrounds. First! Rupkala, a first grader, is ready for school in the morning before breakfast is prepared. But only since the playground was built at the school. “I love bobbing, sliding and swinging,...

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A school time full of experiments

Back to Life sets up a student lab Thakaltar School in Chitwan offers education from kindergarten to grade 10 and soon up to high school graduation. This is a rarity in a rural, poor area like this and therefore needs special support. Back to Life is a long-time partner of Thakaltar School. We have been working there since 2015, working with the community to transform a poorly equipped village school destroyed by the 2015 earthquakes into one of the best rural schools in the district. In March, it was time to move on to the next chapter for the school. Back to Life has established a student...

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Dreams come true – lessons up to high school graduation

School building is a focus of our project work in Nepal. We aim to create new grades where there is a lack of secondary schools. Back to Life already turned to the school in Thakaltar (Chitwan) after the earthquake in 2015, as they could no longer use part of the building for school lessons due to the damage. We added a large, two-story building with … classrooms to the two smaller, undamaged buildings. Built earthquake-proof and equipped with tables, benches and monitors to enable modern and effective teaching. At that time, 292 students attended the school, the only one far and wide...

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Expanded – the path is free up to 8th grade

Back to Life has been supporting the Janajyoti School in the Chitwan District, near the Chitwan National Park in southern Nepal, since 2010. The school is located in a village that is characterized by deep poverty. The Chepang people who live there are among the poorest minorities in Nepal. That is why we support the families with, for example, scholarships for school children, school meals, health care, access to clean energy and income generation. In 2016 Back to Life rebuilt and equipped an earthquake-proof school building with two classrooms, which was previously destroyed by the severe...

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School clothes make the man

Steep and dusty trails, protruding branches on the long, winding paths through the mountains, muddy holes in the ground, snowfall, downpours and high mountain sun – there are many challenges for the school uniform of the children in our project areas. Often the uniform is their only intact set of clothing and is also worn after school. On all important occasions anyway. The families are too poor to buy summer and winter uniforms and shoes for their children. In the past, the requirement to wear a school uniform prevented countless school visits. Back to Life changed that. The students...

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High school graduates

Our first high school graduates – we are very proud of you! Stand on their own two feet and finance themselves, that is the goal of Rita and Sarita from Chitwan – and they are well on their way there. You are our first high school graduate! We have supported them since they started school through school sponsorships, their parents could not have afforded their daughters to go to school. Rita and Sarita passed their secondary school leaving certificate at the Thalkatar School in 2018, so far they had finished after the 10th grade. The schools that offer the Abitur are so far...

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Protecting the environment through the hands of children: interacting child clubs

Sometimes the youth clubs we have initiated in our project schools exchange ideas or meet for sports competitions. The best ideas can come from this. Ideas become more when they are shared After a visit to Piple, Chitwan, southern Nepal, the girls and boys from the neighboring Thakaltar were deeply impressed. The village of Piple and its paths were so much cleaner than theirs! So one child club sat down with the other. The people from Piple presented their solutions for a clean village. And the youth from Thakaltar asked a lot of questions. Back in Thakaltar, the plan was quickly established....

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The magic of letters

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE – ADULT ALPHABETIZATION We are improving the school and learning conditions for over 4500 schoolchildren in Nepal. But we don’t want to stop there, we also want to take care of the literacy of adults in remote areas. According to the “Nepal Human Rights Year Book 2019” (INSEC), the literacy rate in Mugu is only 51.25 percent. This includes all school children, which means that the adult illiteracy rate is significantly higher. But how do you go about giving the already hard-working adults extra hours of learning? First, we set up a varied program to...

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With us, teachers also go to school – further education

A teacher in Nepal is respected in the village but earns little. In the remote areas in particular, teachers are often not well trained, not only professionally, but also pedagogically. They also have no access to the latest teaching materials. Back to Life carries out targeted training courses for teachers in Mugu, Chitwan and Nuwakot. We will introduce you to optimized teaching methods and show you various options for interesting and informative lesson design. Action plans are drawn up together, which you can implement directly in your own lessons. The preparation of descriptive teaching...

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Olympic champion with a heart: Fabian Hambüchen donates a school

Fabian Hambüchen broke all records in his sporting career – today the Olympic champion is one of the most successful athletes in our country. In spring 2016 he was a participant in the ZDF show “I can do that” and won there too. In front of the cameras, he announced that he wanted to donate his prize to Back to Life. We were thrilled and agreed with him to use the sum for the reconstruction of one of the schools in Nuwakot, Nepal, which was destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. In autumn 2017 Stella Deetjen was able to inaugurate the rebuilt “Dakshinkali Primary School”, which...

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Understanding the world in a playful way – our preschools

In addition to the diverse projects for school children, Back to Life also promotes the early development of children of preschool age We have set up preschools at 33 schools and are funding a teacher for early childhood development who paints with the children, plays games, reads to them, sings and dances with them, but has also started teaching lighter material such as letters and numbers. We have equipped the rooms with blackboards, posters, writing pads and play materials for early childhood education. Learning is fun this way. We pay particular attention to practicing the important...

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Child marriage prevented!

The best day in life … sometimes has to be prevented When a wedding takes place in Nepal, it is a big celebration. Even if it is actually a sad day for child brides, which usually ends their chances of a better life from now on. But we are more and more successful through our educational work. We have courageous allies – the children themselves! FearlessSirjana is an intrepid young girl who internalized our anti-child marriage education and acted correctly. When her 13-year-old friend Rakshya confides in her that her wedding to the 14-year-old boy next door is imminent, she worries...

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Reading time

Education is one of our central development topics and the basis for a self-determined life. That is why we promote literacy in our project areas beyond the normal curriculum. We have now set up 30 libraries in 30 schools: 5 in Chitwan, 6 in Nuwakot, 19 in Mugu. More than 3,500 children have access to books every year. We were also able to equip a community library for the adults in the village of Loharbada in Mugu. We have provided more than 7,000 books in total. We have founded reading clubs in our project schools so that students can deepen their reading skills after class. After the official...

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Dhamili in Chitwan. A village that no longer surrenders to “fate”

… in conversation with Kamal Chepang, teacher in Chitwan Do you have to accept poverty as fate or even God-given? Is 90 Percent Illiteracy Acceptable? Unfortunately, when we shake our heads naturally, people in Nepal often think differently. But not in Dhamili, one of the villages in which we from Back to Life are active. Mr. Kamal Chepang is a teacher at the local school and answered a few questions at the end of 2019 that aptly reflect the current situation. What was the educational situation like 10 years ago and what has changed since then? ...

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In conversation with Harikrishna Upadhyaya, teacher in Mugu

Harikrishna Upadhyaya, Asst. Head Teacher, Lokpriya Secondary School, Gamtha Khatyad, Mugu People who are personally involved have a keen eye. Therefore, at the end of 2019, we interviewed Mr. Harikrishna Upadhyaya, who works as a teacher in Khatyad in the Mugu region and lives in the village himself. If you look back 10 years, what was the educational situation like in Khatyad? We are talking about a completely different state of affairs. Education was not a priority for the communities. The infrastructure was inadequate, there were few or no learning materials – so learning cannot...

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In conversation with Sun Bahadur Moktan

Formerly away from the world. Today facing the future Sun Bahadur Moktan, who lives in Thakaltar in the Chitwan region and teaches there as a teacher. He has a close look at what has been going on in his village over the past 10 years and we are delighted that he has taken the time to summarize it for us. Become a model school Thanks to Back to Life, our simple school has become a model school for the region with two two-story school blocks. Our rooms are new, large, well equipped and the best conditions for child-friendly and stimulating learning. All around, playgrounds and school gardens...

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Books & colored pencils on tour

Our teammates Jhalak (left) and Rimal (right) look after the sponsored children during this difficult time. Schools in Nepal were closed for almost 7 months due to Corona. Online lessons were only offered by expensive private schools. The majority of Nepalese students came away empty-handed. We carried hundreds of books through the mountains for our students. Motivation is important The longer children have to stay away from school and are not motivated to continue learning and reading, the higher the risk of “drop-outs”, i.e. those who drop out of school without graduating....

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Extended family time

“We sit huddled together in a jeep that winds its way up the hills of Chitwan on dirt roads. The serpentines are so narrow that the driver has to start several times. Suddenly the jeep got stuck, it doesn’t go backwards or forwards. So we get out and walk the last bit drenched in sweat up the hill to the school. There we are received with great joy and warmth – in the middle of the jungle. This exuberant, but natural joy and gratitude, which the children and also the parents and teacher Stella show, touches me more deeply than I would have thought possible. Somehow I am – even...

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Open your eyes – for the children of Nepal with a mobile eye clinic through the mountains

As part of the health care for the schoolchildren, Back to Life also has the boys and girls examined by an ophthalmologist. With a kind of outpatient, mobile eye clinic, our team travels or walks with the doctor in the remote areas from school to school. There the pupils are examined for their eyesight. The teachers of the respective schools support the campaign. The doctor usually stays for one day per school. Up to the rescue of the eyesightCorneal and lens opacity, strabismus, nearsightedness and farsightedness, conjunctivitis and eyelid inflammation as well as tear duct obstruction are...

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Proper hand washing needs to be practiced – Global Handwashing Day

“Global Handwashing Day” has been celebrated in schools around the world since 2008 to make children aware of the immense importance of daily hygiene. Because only when you wash your hands thoroughly with soap for at least 20 seconds are bacteria effectively combated. This significantly reduces the risk of fatal diarrheal diseases, and early childhood development is less disturbed. Stella attended the school in Thakaltar in Chitwan and, together with our team, showed the children how to wash their hands properly. The students had a lot of fun and were happy to demonstrate what...

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