Apprentices - Nepal 2019

Children’s education in a remote village in Nepal will be changed for generations thanks to our Firefighter and Community Safety Apprentices.

12 apprentices and three leaders fly out to Kathmandu from Manchester in March and will spend 16 days in Nepal trekking to, and working on the project, to provide a new classrooms for children who previously had little or no chance of an education.

Together the group is looking to raise £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 will need 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 classrooms at a school 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 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.

The apprentices, of various ages, been fundraising for 12 months for the project and while in Nepal they will finish off the rooms ready for students to use and hand the project over to the village at a celebration ceremony.

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