Apprentices - Nepal School Project 2019
Children’s education in a remote village in Nepal will be changed for generations thanks to a team of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Firefighter and Community Safety Apprentices.
12 apprentices aged between 19 and 30 years of age and three team leaders will fly out to Kathmandu from Manchester on March 16 2019. They will trek to the Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal, to work on a project to provide classrooms for village children who previously had little or no chance of an education.
Together the group are currently on their way to raising £30,000 for the charity Classrooms in the Clouds (CiTC), which works with Nepalese partners to support education by building good quality, new classrooms, sponsoring teachers, supporting teacher training and encouraging employment of female teachers to support children’s education in the remote villages of Nepal.
Each team member is will spend 16 days in Nepal but are first required to raise a personal target of £2,500 for the project, which forms part of their development programme to become Firefighter and Community Safety Apprentices.
All money raised by the team will go towards the building of the much needed Early Years Centre in Bung, which is a remote Nepalese village in the Solukhumbu District in the Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal. The build will be earthquake resistant standard and will provide gender specific toilets as well as specialist early years learning resources.
The Service has worked with CiTC for a number of years now and has previously sent an apprentice team and also fire cadets to Nepal.
Nepal is the 12th most illiterate country in the world with 54.9% of men and 72% of women not being able to read or write. 47% of girls of primary school age do not attend school and 77.6% of the population is living below the poverty line. 50% of children aged between the ages of 10 and 14 works instead of attending school. Those that do attend school often have to walk long distances to study and maintaining such schools is essential if the rural way of life is to be preserved.
On arrival in Nepal the team will fly from Kathmandu to Phaplu and then trek to Bung where they will camp. They will have a team of Sherpas to assist them with their camping equipment and cooking facilities, but they will be carrying all their personal kit as they hike through the Himalayas to reach Sagarmatha School in Bung.
Once there the apprentices will finish off the rooms ready for pupils to use by painting and finishing the rooms ready for a handover of the project during a village celebration ceremony. They will then trek back to Lukla to fly back to Kathmandu and then the UK.
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