SHANTI PRIMARY SCHOOL, RAMCHE-2, NEPAL

EVALUATION REPORT
(MAY 2009-MAY 2010)

Prepared By Lila Jung Gurung, Project Coordinator June 2010

1. INTRODUCTION
Background Santi School Project (SSP) works in the field of education in Nepal, an impoverished country in South Asia nestled in the Himalaya between India and China. The beneficiaries of this project are mainly the children from disadvantaged and marginalized communities of Nepal. It has been supporting construction and renovation of public school buildings and providing Early Childhood Development training to the teachers of the government schools in Nepal. SSP built a primary school named “Shanti Primary School” in 2008 where students from a poor mountainous village named Ramche are getting completely free and quality education from well-trained teachers. Since the inception of the project, SSP has fully funded the operations of the school. The Shanti Primary School has completed its second academic session in May 2010. This study evaluates the progress made by the school within the year. SSP’s Project Coordinator visited the project site between 17th May to 22nd May for the study.

2. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
Almost 85 students are enrolled in Shanti Primary School from different places of Ramche VDC. Students in Shanti Primary School are mainly from Tamang, Brahmin and Chhetri, Dalit and some are from Thami community. The number of students up to the third grade is substantially higher than other nearby schools. The chart below shows the comparison between other nearby schools.
The first class graduate from Class 1 at Shanti Primary School

Chart 1. Number of students up to class 3 in Shanti and its neighboring schools (2009/2010)

From the above chart, we can see that Shanti Primary School has highest number of students in comparison with the neighboring schools. Parents of the students believe that Shanti Primary School provides a better quality education due to better trained teachers and superior classroom facilities. Students in Shanti Primary School come from different places of Ramche VDC. Some students come from far away villages like Bhatte, Maibale and Pyare, which are more than 45 minutes walking distance from the school. Even though there are other primary schools near these villages, the parents prefer sending their children to Shanti Primary School. The figure below shows the locations of the villages where the students come from to Shanti Primary School:
Bhatte (1 hr walk) Dhankhadka (30 min. walk) Ratamate (30 min. walk) Kotgaun (15 min. walk)

Shanti Primary School
Kerabari (30 min. walk) Ramche (10 min. walk) Pyare (45 min. walk)

Maibale (45 min. walk)

Fig 1. Village Representation at Shanti Primary School, Ramche

Regular Assessment Result Nepal’s government introduced new assessment system for the primary level instead of terminal examination from last year. The assessment is based on student’s overall performance such as reading, writing, speaking, regularity in school etc. On the basis of this regular assessment, final result is prepared which is categorized into five different grade: A+ (90%-100%), A (80%-89%), B (70%-79%), C (50%-69%) and D (Below 50%). Class Two 21 students were enrolled in Class 2 during the academic year 2009-2010. All the students passed the class and will graduate to Class 3 next year. 19 percent of the students passed with A+ Grade. The chart to the right shows the grades distribution of students in Class 2.

Chart 2. Grades obtained by Students in Class 2

Class One 34 students were enrolled in Class 1 during the academic year 2009-2010. All the students passed the class and will graduate to Class 2 next year. 32 percent of the students passed with A Grade. The chart to the right shows the grades distribution of students in Class 1.

Chart 3. Grades obtained by Students in Class 1

Attendance Rate of Students in Shanti Primary School Regular attendance is a critical part of a student’s performance. By providing quality education, Shanti Primary School attempts to provide an environment that encourages the students to attend school regularly. The chart below shows the attendance rates of students at the school. As you will notice, the attendance rates improved as the year progressed. This is a very positive sign for the school.

Chart 4. Students’ Attendance Rate Teachers believe the training they received has helped them make the classes more interesting for the children. They have incorporated games into the curriculum to make education fun. If it were not for illness and the distance students have to walk to come to the school, we could achieve 100% attendance. Reading, Writing and Speaking Skills Shanti Primary School is teaching in English medium from this year. In English medium, all the subjects are teach in English medium except Nepali. According to the schoolteachers and parents, their students are improving reading, writing and speaking skills. The student’s command of Nepali has also improved compared to last year. Even though Tamang is the mother tongue, students are learning to speak Nepal fairly well. This will help the students tremendously when they go

Children practice reading in the classroom

to the nearby government school for the secondary level classes. Apart from this, improvement in English language is a great achievements for the school. Even though many government school only begin teaching English from Class 4, our school begins teaching the language from the nursery level. We believe this fact alone will lead to the children having a better command of the language.

The school’s headmistress teaching English to a student

Extra Curricular Activities in School Students are also involved in different extracurricular activities in School. They play different games with each other. Dance classes have also been incorporated into the curriculum. Nowadays, they are also involving in different programs like school cleaning campaign and village cleaning campaign etc.

Student’s play a game at the school

Volunteers Add More Value Volunteers arriving at Shanti Primary School also add an additional value not available at other nearby schools. Sarah, a volunteer from Austria, stayed at the school for 4 months. During this time, she organized events such as Apple Day, Orange Day, Toothbrush Day, Sports Day, Picnics, etc. to create awareness among the students. The Apple Day was a unique event that Sarah organized after she learned that many students in the school had never eaten an apple even though it was the first word that many of the students learned in English.

Sarah, a volunteer from Austria, reads to students at the school

In the year 2009, 3 volunteers worked in Shanti Primary School. They were Joe from US, Mohmmed from Saudi Arabia and Sarah from Austria. School Management Committee All the members of the SMC received two days training from the Government Resource Person (Mr. Padam Basnet). The training was mainly focused on duties, responsibilities and rights of SMC. The training should improve the management of the school.

School Management Committee at a community meeting at the school

3. RECOMMENDATIONS
On the basis of above result, following recommendations are recommended here. The quality of education should be maintained at a high level at Shanti Primary School. The reason for the school’s success is that the parents believe the school is better than other nearby schools. Appropriate Early Childhood Development teachers training should be provided to the new teachers. Teacher’s salaries should be reviewed on timely basis and increased if necessary to create additional incentives for the teachers. School Management Committee members should be more active and responsible for the betterment of the school.

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