June 2018 Trip to Rashmi School
Five Upper School students: Brady Knuff '20, Lily Newman '21, Tori Ingulli '21, Emma Shorten '21 and Jaya Singhal '21 are headed to Kathmandu this June to work on various projects at the Rashmi School.
Wooster students have started to collaborate with a peer group at Rashmi and plan to collaboratively create a new library. In addition, we plan to help create a new science lab and introduce some sustainable experimental science curricula. We will also continue our work on professional development and in the early childhood program.
If you are interested in helping support these projects, please visit their Go Fund Me campaign: "Wooster-Rashmi Partnership 2018"
Stay tuned to our Social Impact Blog to see what we are up to in Nepal!
History of the Partnership
Wooster School's partnership with the Rashmi Secondary School in Kathmandu, Nepal began in October, 2015. Matt Byrnes, Head of School, and three Upper School students traveled to Nepal to learn firsthand about Rashmi School, learn about Nepali culture, and to lay the foundation for our current partnership.
As a result, plans were developed to help teachers and administrators at Rashmi to redesign their early childhood program (3-5 yr old students) using the same philosophies and programs used at Wooster School. This redesign included ongoing teacher training and the refurbishment of learning spaces including a computer lab for use by all grade levels.
In June 2016, five students and two faculty spent 10 days trip at the at Rashmi School working to help develop the early childhood education program, creating a computer lab and building a new playground.
Our work on technology was led by Tyler Marcos '16, as a part of his SIS, and in partnership with OLE Nepal (Online Learning Nepal), a Nepalese non-profit which has been helping provide technology to schools in Nepal for the last eight years.
In October 2016, Wooster hosted two head Rashmi administrators, Gyanu Sir and Kafle Sir for 3 weeks to further our partnership.
A summons to meet with the Head of School often means a student is in trouble. For days, I racked my brain to try to figure out what I might have done to warrant the call. Luckily, it turned out I wasn’t in trouble at all. In fact, the Head of School delivered great news to me. I had been selected as one of five students to travel to Kathmandu, Nepal. We would spend 12 days there in June of 2016. Accompanied by two school chaperones, we would help the Rashmi School improve their curriculum, construct a playground, and build a computer lab for the students. Our team spent the next few months fundraising to raise money for supplies, getting vaccines, learning about the Nepalese culture, and researching the tools and equipment we would need to bring with us.
-Gib Shea '18
Enjoy the video clips from this trip to Nepal