The purpose of this project is to improve the educational infrastructure at Sanwa Secondary School, as Human Practice Foundation believes that safe and modern school facilities are the first step towards fighting the negative consequences of poverty.READ MORE
Problem We Are Trying to Solve
he Sanwa Secondary School is in the Mikwakhola Municipality, in Taplejung District in northeastern Nepal. The school is located in a very remote and secluded place in the Himalaya mountains – a long hike from the main road.
This isolated location makes it very difficult for the government to get there, furthermore their educational efforts and funds are focused around the metropolitan areas of Nepal. The inhabitants have to walk for hours through the mountains to get to nearby shops.
The primary occupation in the area is agriculture. The majority of families have no or little income, since they do not produce sufficient quantities of products for resale. More than 40% of the population in this area live below the poverty line. Almost 40% of children under 5 are malnourished and 30% of the children drop out of school during primary school.
The purpose of this project is to improve the educational infrastructure at Sanwa Secondary School, as Human Practice Foundation believes that safe and modern school facilities are the first step towards fighting the negative consequences of poverty. The objective is to improve learning conditions, to allow students better chances to gain valuable skills and knowledge, which is essential for their future job opportunities and ultimately for the development of their community and the Taplejung district.
How We Are Going To Do It
The first step will be to construct a school building with 8 new modern and spacious classrooms. Today the 483 students at the Sanwa Secondary School are forced to study in very old, dark and timeworn buildings with small classrooms, the need for modern and larger classrooms is urgent. With the new building, the school will secure proper space for all the students including furniture, therefore improving teaching and learning conditions. The implementation phase will be firmly controlled by Human Practice Foundation’s local project team, which will monitor and evaluate on the progress of the project continuously.
The second step will be to install new facilities at the school such as library, playground, computer lab and new school equipment to complement the new building.
Last step will be teacher training. This will help the teachers to leverage the new facilities optimally, as well as train them in new teaching methods. The School Management and local community will also be trained and engaged in all the aspects that create a well-functioning school, happy students and quality education.
Please note that this project proposal only includes the first step of the project, the follow up projects will be funded separately.
Following the construction/improvements/training phase, Human Practice Foundation will also work on collecting start-up capital for social businesses in order to create job opportunities in the Taplejung District. In collaboration with the consultancy company Deloitte, Human Practice Foundation has defined a strategic development process, measuring the outcome and social impact as defined in the following “Theory of Change” for a timeframe of minimum 5 years (2019 – 2024).
The improved learning conditions will not only give the 483 students better chances to gain valuable skills and knowledge, which is essential for their future job opportunities, but also contribute to the development of the overall community and the Taplejung district.
For this reason, we emphasise the importance of local involvement and close cooperation with the community securing local ownership for all projects. It is our objective to release the potential present in Nepal and develop economic independence whilst respecting local customs and culture.
The school project is of great interest and importance to the local community, which is reflected in their in-kind contribution of labor and building materials, such as stone and wood from the local area.
Long Term Impact
Human Practice Foundation works a registered INGO and has a General Agreement and a Project Agreement with the Nepali Government.
Basically Human Practice Foundation focuses on the Taplejung district: with a team of 30 people working in the field implementing projects, coordinating with the authorities, generating financial reporting and social impact measurements.
=> Improved school buildings/facilities and better trained teachers will produce more qualified students.
=> Social entrepreneurship training and investments will empower the community.
Those two forces together will allow for increased well being, employment rate, economic growth and therefore higher living standards.
What We Need To Do
The total budget for this first step of the project is approximately 81.000 USD. Excluding the in-kind local contribution (estimated of 20%) total funds sought from donors are 68.000 USD.
This includes preparing the ground, build the foundations, work on floors, walls, doors/windows and utilities, paint and furnish.
In case the project doesn’t reach the 68’000 within this platform, Human Practice Foundation will fundraise the remaining from other sources and realize the project anyway.