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Education

Mission Statement

To improve the quality of education in primary and secondary schools in the area by providing the necessary funds for extra teachers, new equipment, refurbishment of buildings and making classrooms more student friendly.

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Bayapani Secondary School

Bayapani Secondary School serves no less than 12 villages and is a 40-minute walk from Okhle village. The Trust is indebted to various Rotary groups who have helped with this project (7 Rotarians have also been to Nepal). Funds have been provided to build a new classroom, paint buildings, restore a veranda, level out the playing field and build a school wall. The 2006 group also painted a classroom. Richard is in the process of organising a visit to Nepal for around 15 students from Wey Valley School in December 2009 and the headmaster at Bayapani is very keen to establish sustainable links with Bayapani. There is a lot of scope for the youngsters to get involved and assist with some of the projects. Saraswoti and Okhle schools are also planning to be involved in the school exchange. Cost: £1100 donated to date Donated by: The Rotary Club In 2009, students and staff spent a whole day at Bayapani and the visit was of mutual benefit to both schools Wey valley were entertained with some local dancing and Karen Edgeley and Jenny Boyce responded with joint games and art work. A microscope, kindly donated by Bristol Open University was given to the school and a further £200 making £1300 in total. The day ended with a football match won by Bayapani. Before leaving the school, Clive Burgess and Karen told the headmaster that they would like to forge links with his school and would be looking to return in 2011 with more students and funding. in 2010 we learnt that the microscope was being used at least twice a week . we took out a wonderful supply of woolly dolls kindly donated by Jean Sexton for the Nursery and found out what equipment would be useful for Wey Valley school to take out with them on their visit in 2011.A donation of £100 was also made. Bayapani School 2011 Prior to the 2009 expedition Wey Valley School raised funds amounting to £500 for art and sports equipment together with stationary and a play parachute which proved to be great fun. Bayapani School 2011 During 2010 Wey Valley forged links with Bayapani School and began to plan the 2011 expedition.The school committed to raising funds for Bayapani School, the Mothers committees of Okhle,Raipali and Ghala and the Health Centre at Kot Guan. In December 2011 under the leadership of Karen Edgeley, Jenny Boyce and Clive Burgess, 10 students aged between 15 and 16 spent 2 days at Bayapani School. They were warmly welcomed by the headteacher Sherjung Adhikary and by staff and students with a display of singing and dancing. Wey Valley had been practising their Nepalese dance routine for the previous 2 weeks and joined in the fun by giving their own performance.They also developed their Communication Skills by teaching landscape painting on the hillside and various sports activities to what began as a small group of students and rapidly grew in to about half the school. Wey Valley had been fundraising for the last 2 years and donated 70 blue school shirts. £400 was donated through equipment such as exercise books, pencils,microscope slides, art materials,volley balls and net, footballs and nursery toys. A further £200 was spent on a photocopier/printer and £90 on chipboard and paints to divide the nursery from a classroom and a further £100 for labour to build this wall. Through discussions with the head teacher about how Wey Valley might be able to help in the future, he expressed his concerns for the health and safety of the school and students due to buffalo wandering through the area lwith no boundary wall. He would like to build a stone wall but shortage of water meant cement making was a problem. It became clear that lack of water was an issue also for the cleanliness of the toilets .Installing a couple of water tanks under the sloping roofs and pipework to the toilets would alleviate the problem. This will become the mission for Wey Valley over the next 2 years. £260 was given to Bimal to put towards the the start of this project with a promise of more to follow during the next few months. The plan will be to have one water tank installed before the start of the monsoon season.

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Gahateri Primary School

Gahateri Primary school was originally located in the village of Chock Tan but was moved to its present site about 3 years ago to attract more pupils. During the past 2 years Dan Nord and employees of Expeditors raised and donated funds which resulted in the building of an extension consisting of 3 classrooms and a smaller room which the staff plan to use as computor/library classroom. At present there are 55 pupils coming from the 4 villages of Gahateri, Chock Kot, Yangsing and Yazang.

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Ghala Gong Primary School

Ghala Primary School is a 40 minute walk away from Okhle, and had the same problem as the school there: lack of teaching staff. The Trust has funded an extra teacher there for the last 3 years. Cost: £1100 Funded by: St Augustine's Catholic Church in Weymouth In 2009 we donated a further £400 and supplied all of the children with new uniforms and woolly hats. During the visit, students and staff from Wey Valley School played parachute games with the children. The parachute was left behind for the children's future use. In 2010 a further donation of £150 was given. As at Okhle they will be receiving more government help so future donations will be limited to stationary and other equipment

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Okhle Village Primary School

Okhle Primary School, which is a 5 minute walk from Okhle village, had 3 classes but only 2 teachers, and prior to our arrival only 2 classes could attend school at any one time. For the last 4 years we have funded a third teacher at a total cost of £1500. In addition, we have provided all the pupils with new school uniforms and given them large amounts of books and stationary. The planned trip from Wey Valley school in 2009 will be of great value to the school as the pupils could embark on various art, music and humanities projects together. We are most grateful for the support of the Special Needs Students at Weymouth College who thus far have raised over £2500 for Okhle and other schools in the area. Cost: £1500 Funded by: Weymouth College Special Needs Students In 2009, the school was visited by 3 teachers and 12 students from Wey Valley School. Jenny Boyce, a PE teacher introduced the children to parachute games and the parachute was left behind for further use. Karen Edgeley, an art teacher carried out an art project with the children using mainly art materials brought out from the UK. Both activities were received with much enthusiasm. The sum of £400 was donated to the school. In May 2009, Weymouth College Special Needs Students completed a sponsored walk raising £570 for the Okhle Trust Primary Schools. In October 2010 we gave them a further £150. We learnt that the school will be getting more help in future from the government so in future we shall only be donating stationary and other equipment leaving us free to concentrate on more pressing needs within the Okhle Village Trust

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Rbaje and Lower Primary Schools

In 2007 we were asked to help these two schools with funding for books and equipment, and in 2008 a further contibution was made. Cost: £300 donated to date In 2009 a further £75, together with new school uniforms for every child was donated to each school and we hope to continue to support the schools in the coming years. A further £75 per school has been earmarked for 2010 Renee and Lesley Wilkinson kindly donated £75 each to the 3 Primary schools in 2010 with the condition that provided the money is spent on either building work or equipment then more funds would be made available. Rbaje School ( 5 classes of 34 students) As a result of donations of £250 from Carena Dennis and Rene Wilkinson in 2011, the following objectives were either achieved or set in motion 1) Plastering of walls and concreting of floors in 2 classrooms 2) Painting of walls in 2 classrooms 3) Mural painted by Jessica Dennis on School Nursery wall Monies totalling £350 given to them in previous years had been spent on the building o0f 2 toilets and the provision of drinking water. Also some furniture was purchased. A 1 metre deep stone firepit was dug out and the headmaster promised to use it for burning rubbish every Friday at the end of the school week

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Saraswoti Secondary School

The Trust first visited the school, which is a 30 minute walk from Okhle, in 2006. It has 300 students from at least 3 villages. A donation was made for the repair and upkeep of buildings and equipment. There are plans to take a group of students from Wey Valley School in the UK to Okhle in 2009, for an exchange visit with Bayapani, Okhle and Saraswoti schools. Cost: £300 Donated by: The Rotary Club In 2009, a rather hurried visit was made to Saraswoti school by Wey Valley staff and students. Like Bayapani, the school was given a microscope donated by Bristol Open University, together with a donation of £200.Phil Minns, headmaster of Damers School in Dorchester, accompanied by other members of staff, also visited the school. Impressed by the quality and enthusiasm of the staff,they hope to establish links between Damers and Saraswoti through the British council In 2010 Damers School sent out numerous letters to be distributed to the students of Saraswoti. As at Bayapani, the microscope was in full use and as well as donating £100, we learnt how best we can help trhe school in 2011. In 2011 following donations from the trust of £250 the following objectives were achieved 1) Plastering of the Nursery wall 2) Painting of the Nursery wall 3) Mural painted on the wall by Jessica Dennis 4) Foam underlay and carpet provided for the Nursery floor 5) Repair of 2 of the 10 computors given to the school by a German firm. Antony Dennis discovered that all of the mouse leads on the computors had been chewed through by mice (ironic). He repaired 2 of them and the computor teacher promised either to set traps or put down rat poison. 6) 10 hassocks were bought in Dumre for the Nursery Sports,Art and stationary equipment to the value of £400 was kindly donated by the Dennis family to Saraswoti and the 3 lower Primary Schools. The sum of £250 was also kindly donated by Dr Derek Waldie to purchase tools,paint and other equipment for the work that took place in November/December 2011 in both the schools and the Water Projects

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Sri Jaldevi Primary School Archale

Sri Jaldevi Primary School Archale consists of 5 classes of 38 pupils As a result of donations to the Trust to the value of £250 from Carena Dennis and Rene Wilkinson in 2011, the following objectives were either achieved or set in motion. 1) Building ofa stone wall on the perimeter of the play area to prevent accidents to the children 2) Provision of Water Supply to the School by laying a pipe across the valley to link up to a house with a Water tank We noticed huge quantities of rubbish leading up to the play area. With our help a stone firepit was dug and 6 dustbin liners of rubbish burnt. The headmaster promised to burn all rubbish at the end of the School week Monies totalling £350 given to them in previous years had been spent on toilets and improvements to the classrooms

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Sri Rastriya Primary School Bage

The primary school at Sri Rastriya consists of 7 classes of 60 students. As a result of donations of £250 from Carena Dennis and Rene Wilkinson given to the trust in 2011, the following objectives were either achieved or set in motion. 1) Painting of 2 classrooms 2) Loft Conversion to provide a classroom for Year 7 students 3) As a result of an initiative from Irene Robinson £200 of science equipment was collected from Dorset schools and transported to the school by the Dennis family 4) 10 hassocks were purchased in Dumre and given to the Nursery Monies totalling £350 given to them in previous years had been spent on partitioning a classroom into 2 classrooms and plastering the walls and concreting the floors of these classrooms. The headmaster also promised to dig a firepit for the future disposal of rubbish accumulating behind the toilets.

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