About the campaign

Improving early years education in Nepal schools

2021 marks 30 years since the very first school in Nepal funded and built by what became Pahar Trust Nepal was opened. That first school was built in Pokharithok, a tiny village in the Himalayas.

Since then, PTN has delivered 248 projects in 21 districts, building and renovating 159 schools, 51 libraries and 38 other essential projects such as health centres and toilets. Over 40,000 students have benefitted from our work.

To mark this anniversary, we are launching a 12-month campaign for the whole of 2021, called ’30 for 30’. Our aim is to raise £50,000 to help 30schools in Nepal improve their teaching provision and facilities for pre-primary school children aged 1-5 years old.

Some of the 30 schools we are supporting with this campaign will require a complete refurbishment of the classroom, whilst others have the basics but are lacking in resources to help the children, such as stationery, toys and educational material. £50,000 will ensure that we can make significant improvements in all of these 30 schools.

In this section

On this page, scroll down to find out more about the campaign and the schools it will support; the ways you can get involved; download a supporters poster and digital frame for social media to help you promote your fundraising; and read about the ambassadors supporting the camapign.

Why is this work so important?

When children attend pre-primary education, they are more likely to stay in school and attain minimum reading and mathematics competencies. It also supports economic growth, as it enables mothers and other caregivers the opportunity to work and increase their earnings.

Research also shows that children who receive safe, quality education at this age are significantly more likely to have more successful outcomes as adults.

The campaign supports the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal to ensure all children have access to quality early childhood development (ECD) so that they are ready for primary education.

How the campaign will make a difference

The Importance of Early Years Education

The well-known Jesuit Maxim – ‘Give me the child for the first seven years and you may do what you like with it afterwards’ embodies the importance of quality of care, education and guidance that should be given to young children in all societies.

Sildu Basic School, Thak, Kaski

Sildu Basic School is located in the village of Thak, Kaski District. It was built in 1975 and provides education to students from Pre-primary to Grade 5. The existing building had 7 rooms with one being used for ECD and Grade 1 classes combined.

Thaprek School, Tanahun

Saraswati School is located in the village of Thaprek in the Tanahun District of Nepal, about two hours’ drive south east of Pokhara. The school provides education for around 230 children from 4-16yrs old.

How to get involved

We are planning a number of fundraising activities throughout 2021 that you can join in with.

Freestyle February

We’re kicking off the campaign in February by inviting people to do 30 things of their choice. Here are a few suggestions to get you going.

- Run, swim, walk or cycle 30 miles
- Organise an online, 30-minute class of your choice and invite 30 people to join you
- Get creative; make and sell online 30 cakes, knitted hats, paintings, poems etc.
- Or make a simple £30 donation

You can be as creative as you like with your activities, that's why we're calling it Freestyle February.

Nepali Night In

Have your own Nepali feast, by joining in our Nepali Night In, which we’re planning for April.

We will be offering some specially created Nepali recipes from well-known chefs. All you will need to do is make a donation to access the recipes and watch their videos. We will be providing more detail on this in the coming weeks.

Tiffin Day

Later in the summer, we will be holding a Tiffin Day. Tiffin is a light, nutritious meal that is often eaten at lunchtime in the heat of the day.

We have fundraised in the past to provide tiffin meals to children at our schools in Nepal, to ensure they are able to have a healthy meal every day. They are cost effective too, £1,000 can provide students at a small school with a Tiffin meal every day for a whole year. We will be providing more detail on this in the coming weeks.

Let us know how you are supporting 30 for 30

We would love to hear from you if you have other ideas to raise money for the 30 for 30 campaign. If you share your fundraising activities with us on social media, we’ll give you a mention to help you raise even more. Remember to use the hashtags - #30for30 and #PaharTrustNepal.

We’ve created a digital frame that you can use on Facebook and Instagram to show that you’re supporting the campaign and help promote your own fundraising activities. If you’re not sure how use it, you simply click on your profile picture in Facebook and select ‘Update profile picture’. Select ‘Add frame' and under ‘Choose a frame’, type in ‘PaharTrust’ and you’ll see the 30for30 frame there. Select that frame and it will appear as a frame around your profile pic. In Instagram, you just need to import your Facebook profile picture.

There’s also a downloadable campaign poster that you can print off, and a colouring-in poster that we’ve created as an activity for kids to do. See our Downloads box below to download them.

Freestyle February

We’re kicking off the campaign in February by inviting people todo 30 things of their choice. Here are a few suggestions to get you going:
-      Run, swim, walk or cycle 30 miles
-      Organise an online 30-minute class of your choice and invite 30 people to join you
-      Get creative: make and sell online 30 cakes, knitted hats, paintings, poems
-      Or make a simple £30 donation 
You can be as creative as you like with your activities, that’s why we’re calling it Freestyle February!

Nepali Night In

Have your own Nepali feast, by joining in our Nepali Night In, which we’re planning for April. We will be offering some specially created Nepali recipes from well-known chefs. All you will need to do is make a donation to access the recipes and watch their videos.We will be providing more detail on this in the coming weeks.

Tiffin Day

Later in the summer, we will be holding a Tiffin Day. Tiffin is alight, nutritious meal that is often eaten at lunchtime in the heat of the day.We have fundraised in the past to provide tiffin meals to children at our schools in Nepal, to ensure they are able to have a healthy meal every day. They are cost effective too - £1,000 can provide students at a small school with aTiffin meal every day for a whole year. We will be providing more detail on this in the coming weeks.

Other activities

We’d love to hear from you if you have other ideas to raise money for the 30 for 30. And if you share your fundraising activities with us on social media, we’ll give you a mention to help you raise even more.

If you want to set yourself a fundraising target, here’s an idea of what the money raised will go towards:

  • £20 could provide a bag and educational materials for a student
  • £100 could repaint a classroom
  • £500 could provide new resources such as stationery & toys
  • £1,200 could provide new flooring, a whiteboard & furniture
  • £3,000 could provide the complete refurbishment of an existing room

Ambassadors

Levison Wood

Levison is a best-selling author, photographer and producer who has worked and travelled in over 100 countries.

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Professor Alice Roberts

Anatomist, author and broadcaster Alice is a Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Birmingham.

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Lex Limbu

Born in Nepal in 1992, Lex is a popular Nepali blogger and entrepreneur. He launched his blog, lexlimbu.com, in 2008, and also runs a tours and sightseeing business called ‘Tracing Nepal’.

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Chris Hughes

Chris had a long career as a primary school teacher, headteacher and adviser. He now spends his retirement making pots, drawing landscape and abstract pictures.

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Malcolm Peck

Malcolm is a mechanical engineer with over 50 years of engineering experience. He co-founded the Carnot Group in 2002, providing engineering design and development services.

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Laxmi Thapa Giri

Born and raised in the beautiful mountainous city of Pokhara, Nepal, Laxmi's passion for humanitarian work encouraged her to join Pahar Trust Nepal.

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Om Prakash Gurung

Prakash has been an educator and dedicated head teacher at the Himalaya Milan Secondary School in Tangting village, Kaski, for the past 28 years.

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Professor Alice Roberts

Alice is an anatomist, author and broadcaster. She’s Professor ofPublic Engagement at the University of Birmingham, where she enjoys teaching medical students’ embryology and anatomy, and sharing her subject with the wider public, as well as helping other academics with their outreach. Alice studied medicine originally, before becoming a university lecturer and focusing on anatomy and biological anthropology. Her research on archaeological human bones led to the beginning of a career as a broadcaster, starting with Time Team on Channel 4, before going on to present her own big budget, landmark series about human evolution on BBC Two, including TheIncredible Human Journey and Origins of Us. She has presented the BBC archaeology series Digging for Britain for ten years, and she has made three series of Britain’s Most Historic Towns for Channel 4. In her spare time, she’s written ten popular science books, including her latest - a book about prehistoric migrations, Human Journey, for children. Alice is passionate about education in all its forms and at all levels.

Levison Wood

Levison is a best-selling author and photographer who has worked and travelled in over 100 countries and has written seven best-selling books. He has produced six critically acclaimed documentaries, which have aired around the world. Levison is a Major in the British Army, having served in theParachute Regiment for 13 years. He is an elected Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club. When not abroad, he lives in London.

Lex Limbu

Lex is a popular Nepali blogger and entrepreneur. He was born inNepal in 1992 but moved to Brunei due to his father’s posting as a Gurkha soldier and then to the UK when he was eight. He went back to Nepal for two years in 2004 and lived in the Pokhara Gurkha army camp and now lives in the UK with his family. He has a Master’s Degree from Kings College London in Tourism,Environment and Development. He launched his blog, lexlimbu.com, in 2008, and also runs a tours and sightseeing business called ‘Tracing Nepal’.

Chris Hughes

Chris had a long career as a primary school teacher, headteacher and adviser. He now spends his retirement making pots, drawing landscape and abstract pictures in pastel, taking photographs, doing voluntary work, playing bowls and trying to keep up with his children and grandchildren. Having met the then chairman of PTN, Howard Green, through work and listened to his stories of the work of PTN he made his first visit to Nepal in 2007 and has returned almost every year since developing a deep respect for the lives of the people who live in that amazing country. He served for ten years as a Trustee for PTN and has given many talks to groups around the north-west of England and supported a number of schools in making a link with a school in Nepal.

Malcolm Peck

Malcolm is a mechanical engineer with over 50 years of engineering experience. He co-founded the Carnot Group in 2002, providing engineering design and development services. Originally from the UK, he moved to Australian 1972, where he undertook a Master’s Degree in Engineering Science at theUniversity of Queensland and he now lives in Greater Melbourne. Malcolm is a long-standing supporter of Pahar Trust Nepal and is flying the flag for the charity in Australia.

Laxmi Thapa Giri

Laxmi was born and brought up in the beautiful mountainous city of Pokhara, in Nepal. A a business entrepreneur and mother to one son, she has spent her life wanting to help people and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than herself. After nine years working with Rotary International, her passion for humanitarian work encouraged her to join Pahar Trust Nepal. Seeing the impact of 30 years of PTN’s involvement in health and education in the disadvantaged remote mountain communities of Nepal has made her want to contribute more.

Om Prakash Gurung

Prakash has been an educator and dedicated head teacher at the Himalaya Milan Secondary School in Tangting village, Kaski, for the past 28 years. He has been recognised with a DistrictEducation Award from Kaski, and the National Education Award from theGovernment of Nepal’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.  Himalaya Milan Secondary school is linked with Maidstone GrammarSchool for girls in the UK through PTN and for the past couple of years has been practicing project-based learning and global education.  It has recently been awarded an International School Award (ISA) from the BritishCouncil.

Projects we are supporting

Downloads

Download our 30 for 30 campaign poster and colouring-in poster here.

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