Classrooms in the Clouds: Dedicated to improving education for the most underprivileged children in Nepal.
Getting an Education in Nepal is a Mountainous Task
Classrooms In The Clouds is working in partnership with UK school children to raise money to build classrooms in Nepal. This is an exciting project and will involve hundreds of primary school children supporting their peers in Nepal through some amazing and creative fundraising events. Sponsored walks, non-uniform days and many more unusual ideas are being held to help some of the most underprivileged children in the world. As their fundraising starts to build up they will be able to see what it will be going towards.
Dudley Schools Project:
The project was started in 2016 by schools in Dudley, West Midlands. Not only will the children in the Dudley area be fundraising but they will be learning about the way of life of the children they are supporting.
The aim is to fundraise to build new classrooms in the remote village of Bung, at a cost of £30,000. So far the Dudley Schools project has raised over £15,000 from all sorts of exciting fundraising initiatives including a School Triathlon, cake sales, samosa sales and the sale of wristbands.
Collaborative workshops will also be taking place at Liverpool John Moore's University which will review educational practice in Nepal and the impact of CITC sponsored projects
Kate Roberts, of CITC, says " Sarah Hagan, the founder, and I had the pleasure of visiting some of the schools in October 2017 and it was great see how enthusiastic the children and staff were about helping to make a real difference to children's lives in Nepal. We had the chance to lead the schools' assemblies and talk to the children about the way of life in rural Nepal. Many of the children were amazed that it takes some children in Nepal between 1-2 hours a day to walk to school and that over 40% will not be able to finish their education due to commitments to support their families."
The Dudley children will have the opportunity to learn more about the way of life in Nepal using CITC learning resources and make comparisons with their own daily routines. Topic work will be shared with Nepal, creating links with their UK ˜Sister Schools'. It will be great for the schools to swap information about their lives and we hope to build on these links with a range of topic work during the project.
The Dudley children designed a partnership logo which looks fantastic on the teaching materials, presentations and fundraising posters.
June 2018 Update: As part of the CITC teacher exchange programme, a number of CITC sponsored teachers will be visiting the UK in June. They will have the opportunity to visit some of the Dudley partnership schools. This will be a great chance for the team to strengthen their sister school links, meet the children and give them some first-hand information about life in Nepal. It will also be an opportunity for the team to enhance their professional development by observing the teaching methods used at the schools.
April 2019 Update:
A group of staff and supporters from Dudley schools (including Sally Walters, editor of Raring2go! magazine) are trekking the Himalayas in Nepal in April to see the amazing work that the charity Classroom In The Clouds has achieved. 20 schools in Dudley Borough are now supporting the charity and it is hoped that by raising awareness, more schools, across the UK, will join in with the project.
We hope that they will get the opportunity to meet the children and to see first hand the impact that the schools have had on them.
This video will help students to understand how different life can be in the villages in rural Nepal.
How can you help?
Would you like your children to be more globally aware? Are you interested in equality and women's rights? Are you great at fundraising?
If your local school is looking for an overseas project to support, this could be the one. Your school could make a HUGE difference to the lives of children in Nepal, who are just keen to learn.
Classrooms in Clouds can help by delivering an environment in which children can learn. It costs just £100 to fit a sink to provide, clean running water.
We'd love you to help support the children of Nepal. We're always looking for donations.
To chat to someone about the Dudley Schools fundraising project, contact Lindsay Mason at St James's CE Primary School in Stourbridge on 01384 818810.