Hostel increases enrolment in remote Ghunsa school

- ANANDA GAUTAM, TAPLEJUNG
Hostel increases enrolment in remote Ghunsa school

Oct 6, 2014-

Children in the remote Ghunsa area in the district have been benefited after local Ghunsa Lower Secondary School managed a hostel for its students.

According to headmaster Lila Chakra Gurung, after the hostel facility was initiated, the number of students in the school has increased from 13 to 35 this year while many parents from surrounding villages, including Lelep, Olangchungola, Tapethok, Yamphuddin and Papung, have expressed willingness to admit their children to the school in the next academic year.

Eight-year-old Bhujung Sherpa of Gyabla in Lelep said he would be looking after cattle with his family in the highlands if the school did not have the hostel. Like Sherpa, seven-year-old Fupuchiring Sherpa of Olangchula said he is also eager to get back to school and meet his friends after the vacation.

Teachers said the hostel has also instilled a positive learning attitude in students.

The hostel, established two years ago, has provided accommodation facility to 15 students from outside Ghunsa. The students are provided food and accommodation for just Rs 1,000 a month.

As the hostel fee does not cover all expenses in the area where the transportation cost for one kilogram of daily essentials such as rice, soap and cooking oil from district headquarters Phungling costs as much as Rs 150, the additional amount is managed from funds collected from the school’s private sources. Currently, the school has also appointed a cook and a hostel warden providing them a monthly salary of Rs 11,000 each.

Meanwhile, Read Nepal, an NGO, has provided educational materials as well as training for the operation of child-friendly classes. Likewise, a television, a projector and computers have also been installed in the classrooms.

The school currently runs classes up to the eighth grade in English medium.

Gurung said the school has also been organising cultural programmes to entertain foreigners visiting the area. He said they cannot run classes in the winter as the school is located at 3,100 metres above the sea level.

Published: 07-10-2014 09:27

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