“EDUCATION IS THE BASIS OF DEVELOPMENT”: A HEADTEACHER’S STORY
UWS Helawubesi School
Our teachers are the heart of what we do. So, we thought you’d like to hear directly from one of our dedicated teachers; Surya Bahadur Thapa, Principal of UWS Helawubesi School in Nepal. This is his account of how United World Schools is transforming his school and community for the better.
“My name is Surya Bahadur Thapa. I’m the Principal of UWS Helawubesi School and a class teacher – I’ve been here for two years and I take the responsibility of almost everything.”
Surya Bahadur Thapa
This school has been working with United World Schools for the last 4 years – and since then a massive change can be seen. The first significant change was the improvement in the school’s infrastructure; the construction of buildings along with the improvement of toilets, drinking water and so on. All of this has attracted children to the school.
There have been teacher trainings, which give guidelines to teachers on how to teach, scientific teachings, punishment-free teaching, and training in how to motivate students to learn. This has created a fun and attractive environment for the students – they are free from the fear of punishments and have started perceiving the school environment as student-friendly where they are not intimidated by the teachers.
Before this school was here, children in this village had to walk for 2 hours to reach the nearest school. This meant that the younger children couldn’t walk there and so children only joined when they were 8-10 years old – they didn’t like to attend the lower classes at this higher age and there were many drop-outs. Now we are able to send our children to school from an early age.
Earlier, students used to go home in the lunch break and did not come back. The school environment wasn’t student-friendly, so they were reluctant to attend school. But now, after the training of UWS, and the presence of fellow teachers and mobilisers, a good environment has been created. The teachers are now motivated to be genuinely involved in improving the school environment. We have a periodic assessment system to evaluate students according to the predetermined objectives and this has really improved the level of teaching here.
In today’s world, education is the basis of development. If there is no development and change in the education sector, we cannot achieve any progress. First of all, we should make people aware, and make them responsible towards their community, home and country. That is the basic objective of education.
Without education, a person will struggle to find the right track and self-discipline. They won’t be able to separate what is right or wrong and what should be done. They won’t be able to get a perspective of the real world. So, education is very important.
There are currently 11 classes here at UWS Helawubesi School, with 159 students registered in total. This includes children from other districts, who walk here for up to two hours, because of our good teaching practices.
Thanks to United World Schools, we have been inspired to use English as the main medium from nursery level right up to class five onwards, and use government prescribed courses. So, the teaching has become much better.
More importantly, the community has been motivated to get more involved with the school – a great change in school management.”