“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”. We’re all familiar with that popular Staples commercial where parents are skipping down the aisle shopping for school items, grinning from ear to ear because the kids are heading back to school. Well in Nepal it’s the children who are smiling brightly knowing that the school year is about to begin. Not only do parents understand that attending school, and a private one at that, is a privilege not to be taken for granted, but the children get it too.
We were fortunate enough to follow Kripa Dawadi on her first day at Neelgiri Private School. It was so beautiful to see the children in their uniforms as well as the teachers dressed in their cream shalwar and red scarf symbolizing unity and collaboration. The day started with Morning Prayer in the school yard and then a tour of the school itself. Most impressive was the computer room which is partly funded by Microsoft. This allows the children to develop essential computer skills and be introduced to the growing technology industry in Asia.
The school has grade one and two classes and combined English and History programs, taught in much the same manner as our early ancestors were taught. Reports of Kripa’s progress will be sent to us on a regular basis. We are confident that Kripa’s eagerness to learn will bring her good grades and give her the start she needs in life to succeed.
Bishnu Chalisey, our sponsored boy student, also started at Neelgiri School this year. We didn’t have a chance to follow his first day but understand that he is doing well and is enjoying every minute of it. Bishnu’s mother could not express her gratitude enough which makes all of the effort worth it. Here at Leopards and Roses, we are all excited to watch the kids grow and progress in school in the years to come.
Enjoy some photos taken on our tour!