Zonta Club in Kathmandu to donate two modern libraries to Durbar High School – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper
KATMANDU, OCTOBER 31
A few children are seen creating decorative and informative designs inside the two newly created libraries of the newly reconstructed building at Durbar High School, the country’s first modern school.
Some young volunteers gathered in the libraries which now have over 9,000 reading materials. More books and reading materials are pouring in every day, thanks to the Zonta Club in Kathmandu for establishing modern libraries to support students studying at two community schools inside the building.
Libraries are established at Bhanu Secondary School and Sanskrit Secondary School. Both schools are now operating at the Durbar High School complex.
Modern libraries equipped with digital technology are likely to support more than 1,000 children studying in schools. The library is supposed to provide support to needy children who do not have access to modern books, apart from their school books.
These libraries are created with the generous support of Maya Rana Tufo, in honor of her late father Prabhakar Sumsher JBR, a renowned business personality and philanthropist.
Durbar school library project in charge of Zonta club, Kamal Keshari Tuladhar shared with THT that this library would be useful especially for children from disadvantaged families who do not have access to the internet or smart devices like other students who go to private schools in the capital have. “The world has changed tremendously over the past decade, but the Nepalese education system is still operating with a 10-year-old curriculum. It is sad because such a program mainly hinders the potential of children in community schools because children from private schools are often taught advanced courses, ”Tuladhar said.
“The books in the library have been selected to appeal to students, as developing an interest in books can be a daunting task for children. These books will help students gain knowledge outside of their curriculum and encourage them to dream big, which is normally lacking in school. manuals, ”she added.
Expressing gratitude to donor Maya Rana, Zonta Chari Meekha Mathema Fellowship said that even devoting such strong support on behalf of the father shows that Nepalese society is changing and that even a daughter can do better to his parents. Zonta clubs work in particular to advance the status of women by improving the status of women through service and advocacy.
Mathema added that libraries would help students realize their passion because they could focus on what they want to do with their lives. “There is a predominant disparity between the situation of students in community schools and private schools. It must stop and it must begin with such small steps. It is a house of knowledge and we want to replicate it in other community schools as well. ”
With the support of similar organizations such as Child Protection Support Nepal, the Zonta Club had already provided 40 smart phones and 20 laptops to the same school after the COVID-19 shutdown was imposed in 2020. She said that it was not easy to teach online in Nepal. implement because the majority of students in community schools did not have access to the Internet or simple smart phones to support their education, even inside the capital.
Zonta also agreed to provide two staff, a licensed librarian and an assistant librarian to manage the library for three years. The employees will then hand over the management to the schools. The libraries will be officially handed over to the school administration during the ceremony on November 3.
A version of this article appears in the November 1, 2021 print of The Himalayan Times.