Education is the foundation for a sustainable society and its development. It enables a society to arm its future generations with the capacity to compete and succeed in a healthy manner. Unfortunately, education is the greatest impediment to development in Nepal. Nepal’s literacy rate stands at 40%, which is one of the lowest in the world. The rate is lower still in the rural areas, especially among the female population.
Due to lack of funds, Government schools lack even the basic physical infrastructure, books and teachers. The educational material is inadequate, physical facilities are poorly maintained and teachers are often under-qualified or not dedicated enough. This affects the students' performance in turn.
And in this condition a remote village like Basa in the Solukhumbu region on Nepal (eastern Nepal) was no acception. This village lacked even the basic school due to which children of small age were out of reach of education and that made most of the childrens start their school late or either never start at all and it highly affected the social development of this village and it's community. As a person who suffered the same fate due to being born in this village the owner of AGT Mr. Niru Rai had realized the importance of a basic primary school in this village as no one else could ever realize. And making proper utilization of his connection with the foreigners he was able to first bring the first school building of the village which had 3 classes and could teach upto 3rd grade to the childrens from the village, this proved as a great releif for the villagers as it teaches childrens for free and was very near to send their small childrens. It took some time for the villagers to understand the importance of education but eventually most of them realized it and after some years again with the help of a french association Sol Himal AGT was able to add the second building to the school which consisted of 2 classroom and the school became able to teach students upto 5th grade. Through this constant development AGT managed to provide the teachers salary and sometimes stationaries to the childrens. AGT did everything it can to grab the attention to the needs of this village and the school. Supporting from it's income or getting help from their clients AGT helped in establishment of this school and now it is running smoothly and has more than 100 students which is a remarkable number in the region like this. Through the help of AGT many of the childrens from this region are getting sponsorship money every 4 months to help in their education, this helps come from France through a reputed assocation called Sol-Himal. So, there has been a lot of contribution for the education of the childrens and development of society of Basa village from our side and we plan to continue it throughout the future and if possible extend it to the higher level. Realizing the need of more focus and dedication in this field we have registered a government authorized NGO called Basa Foundation which will help us more for our future projects for Basa and surrounding villages. Any interested volunteers or suppoerters are heartily welcome.
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