2014 News

Bara Computer Literacy Campaign

YFN donated 6 computers and 1 inverter to Shree Nepal Rastriya Nimna Madhyamik Vidhyalaya (Lower Secondary School) in Bara district as part of a computer literacy program. A donation ceremony was organized by the school
where the school principal and students thanked YFN for the donation and we have received a report with pictures from the ceremony, which can be downloaded below. The donation will serve the 265 students at the school, 80% of whom come from under-privileged backgrounds. We expect to receive further periodic reports from the school on the program.

Shiksha Nepal Chitwan library update

We previously reported that YFN funded libraries in three schools in Madi, a remote village in the Chitwan district, in collaboration with the Shiksha Nepal organization, who aim to establish 100 libraries around Nepal with at least 1000 books in each library. We recently received an update from the Shiksha Nepal team, who visited the schools again in May 2014. The libraries are going strong with many new books, and the children using them seem as excited as ever.

YFN is hoping to collaborate with Shiksha Nepal in the future to build more libraries and bring more books to the children of Nepal. Stay tuned for details.

Sindhuli Computer Literacy Project update

Back in December 2013, we reported on the completion of a Computer Literacy project at Shree Madhyamik Vidyalaya (Secondary School) in Pipalbhanjyang in the eastern district of Sindhuli.

Our own Suyog Shrestha visited the school and has come back with the following report and more pictures.

Shree Madhyamik Vidyalaya is a public school in the PipalBhanjyang Village Development Committee in Sindhuli district. It has rudimentary but fairly complete infrastructure - drinking water, toilets, classrooms (some of the buildings are old and dilapidated), desks, benches, blackboards etc. The school has sufficient government teacher postings up to the 8th grade. There is only one government teacher posting for 9th and 10th grades and one teacher has been hired independent of government posting. So far the middle-school teachers have been covering classes for the higher grades as well. There is a total of 300 students, who come from several nearby villages, some from a few hours walking distance. The school is managed by the School Management Committee and monitored by the Association of Parents/Guardians.

Suyog found the students sharp and the teachers and staff to be very positive and enthusiastic.

The school already had teachers with required computer training to teach 6th through 10th grade students. It is expected that the first batch of students that will sit for computer SLC (School Leaving Certificate) exams will be ready by 2016.

To make the program sustainable - salary of computer teachers, electricity, maintenance - the school management, in agreement with the students and the association of guardians, will use the after-school hours to provide computer training and services to the community members for a small fee.