The Oda Foundation

EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES IN NEPAL'S REMOTE REGIONS THROUGH HEALTH AND EDUCATION INITIATIVES

A Day in the Life of Crebilly Classroom

With the start of our new nursery school class, the Foundation's "Crebilly Classroom" is used by our 5 teachers and 175 tuition students for 8.5 hours a day, 6 days a week. Students flow in and out all day, carrying their notebooks, yelling to each other from across the fields, eagerly waiting outside the classroom door - dedicating time to this additional English class, on top of their chores (cutting grass, caring for livestock, collecting water...) and six hours at their government schools.

You might wonder, why exactly do we teach extra English in rural Nepal? Nepal specifically has an 8-section exam, the SLC, at the conclusion of high school, which includes an English section. If students do not pass the entire exam, there is no possibility of higher education. At government schools, English is largely taught by rote memorization - for many students, Oda Foundation tuition (tutoring) is their first chance to develop critical thinking, experience creative learning, and be specifically encouraged and empowered in a school setting. Tuition class also emphasizes and creates a space for equality, regardless of caste or gender, which remain burdensome cultural barriers in rural Nepal.

Read on to join us for a day at school!


  6:50 AM  Students begin to arrive for "Big Green" class, our specific SLC prep class for 16-year-olds who will take the SLC in March, and our biggest class at 31 students. Our private Nepali-English teacher, Purna Singh, teaches this class, focusing specifically on requirements for the exam.

6:50 AM Students begin to arrive for "Big Green" class, our specific SLC prep class for 16-year-olds who will take the SLC in March, and our biggest class at 31 students. Our private Nepali-English teacher, Purna Singh, teaches this class, focusing specifically on requirements for the exam.

  7:00 AM  One student rings the "late bell," which sounds out across the village, warning any latecomers to hurry to class.

7:00 AM One student rings the "late bell," which sounds out across the village, warning any latecomers to hurry to class.

  8:00 AM  Oda's Education Fellows Taylor and Aaron have arrived to teach the 17-person, "Small Green" class, comprised of 14 and 15 year-olds who aren't studying for the SLC yet. Today students have been working on making more flexible and fluent conversations - Keshab is asking his teachers what they did yesterday, what they will do after class, and what their family is like.

8:00 AM Oda's Education Fellows Taylor and Aaron have arrived to teach the 17-person, "Small Green" class, comprised of 14 and 15 year-olds who aren't studying for the SLC yet. Today students have been working on making more flexible and fluent conversations - Keshab is asking his teachers what they did yesterday, what they will do after class, and what their family is like.

  8:50 AM  And if there are a few minutes left at the end of class, you might get to play Heads Up Seven Up!

8:50 AM And if there are a few minutes left at the end of class, you might get to play Heads Up Seven Up!

  9:00 AM - 1:30 PM  Hello from Oda's four to six year-olds!! After "Small Green" leaves at 9:00, "Sisu," or Nursery School, students begin to arrive, brought to school by their older siblings or parents. Nursery school runs 9:30 - 1:30 and is Oda's newest education initiative, addressing the need for a stronger basis in both English and Nepali subjects, a foundation often unmet by the government schools that leave children struggling later on. Our Sisu class is intentionally 60% girls, as male education is more heavily emphasized in rural Nepal, and is also divided among castes to combat caste inequality.

9:00 AM - 1:30 PM Hello from Oda's four to six year-olds!! After "Small Green" leaves at 9:00, "Sisu," or Nursery School, students begin to arrive, brought to school by their older siblings or parents. Nursery school runs 9:30 - 1:30 and is Oda's newest education initiative, addressing the need for a stronger basis in both English and Nepali subjects, a foundation often unmet by the government schools that leave children struggling later on. Our Sisu class is intentionally 60% girls, as male education is more heavily emphasized in rural Nepal, and is also divided among castes to combat caste inequality.

 Sisu class is taught by Kishna Shahi Singh, a new education  staff member added just for nursery class, alongside Oda Foundation teacher Purna Singh, who also teaches several other tuition classes. The Sisu students' day includes Nepali reading and writing, English reading and writing, a drawing/creative time, singing Nepal's national anthem, lunchtime, and math.

Sisu class is taught by Kishna Shahi Singh, a new education  staff member added just for nursery class, alongside Oda Foundation teacher Purna Singh, who also teaches several other tuition classes. The Sisu students' day includes Nepali reading and writing, English reading and writing, a drawing/creative time, singing Nepal's national anthem, lunchtime, and math.

  1:30-3:30 PM  No tuition classes, but there is always work to be done. Before coming to afternoon tuition classes, students are in the village doing chores, housework, and taking care of their siblings. Here Sapona, an 8 year-old "Rainbow" class student, carries a basket of grass and one of her family's chickens down to another house.

1:30-3:30 PM No tuition classes, but there is always work to be done. Before coming to afternoon tuition classes, students are in the village doing chores, housework, and taking care of their siblings. Here Sapona, an 8 year-old "Rainbow" class student, carries a basket of grass and one of her family's chickens down to another house.

  4:00 PM  On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, we teach a special "Rainbow Class" for students  just  learning English at 3:00, but on every other day,  the next class is "Yellow" class, comprised of 29 eager and rowdy 8-10 year olds. Here, Education Fellow Taylor reviews basic writing skills, as students copy into their notebooks.

4:00 PM On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, we teach a special "Rainbow Class" for students just learning English at 3:00, but on every other day,  the next class is "Yellow" class, comprised of 29 eager and rowdy 8-10 year olds. Here, Education Fellow Taylor reviews basic writing skills, as students copy into their notebooks.

  4:50 PM  "Yellow Class" ends and "Red Class" begins. 18 students ranging from 11-13 years old, run down from their houses in the village above and down the Oda Foundation path to wait for class to begin. 

4:50 PM "Yellow Class" ends and "Red Class" begins. 18 students ranging from 11-13 years old, run down from their houses in the village above and down the Oda Foundation path to wait for class to begin. 

 During Red Class, Education Fellow Aaron Charney sits with Gori to explain the new vowel combination sounds they are working on - "ue," "ai," "ou," "ea," and several others. The last 20 minutes of class was a game where cards with the right vowel sounds were laid on the floor, and then students on two different teams had to listen to a word, like "sound" or "rain," and see who could locate the right set of vowels the fastest.

During Red Class, Education Fellow Aaron Charney sits with Gori to explain the new vowel combination sounds they are working on - "ue," "ai," "ou," "ea," and several others. The last 20 minutes of class was a game where cards with the right vowel sounds were laid on the floor, and then students on two different teams had to listen to a word, like "sound" or "rain," and see who could locate the right set of vowels the fastest.

 Bye! After Red Class brushes their teeth after tuition, (a preventative health program for all the tuition classes), students Teju, Sarita, Gori, and Dhana head home.

Bye! After Red Class brushes their teeth after tuition, (a preventative health program for all the tuition classes), students Teju, Sarita, Gori, and Dhana head home.

  5:40 PM  Marks the beginning of "Orange Class." Like "Small Green Class," these 13-15 year-olds are also working on more flexible conversation, along with expanding their vocabulary and learning sentence structures like, conjunctions and "If...then....".

5:40 PM Marks the beginning of "Orange Class." Like "Small Green Class," these 13-15 year-olds are also working on more flexible conversation, along with expanding their vocabulary and learning sentence structures like, conjunctions and "If...then....".

  6:30 PM  And that's a wrap! Goodnight from Education Fellows Aaron Charney and Taylor Murillo. In addition to teaching classes, their days are full of planning a more extensive curriculum, visiting students in the village, and helping out around the Foundation. 

6:30 PM And that's a wrap! Goodnight from Education Fellows Aaron Charney and Taylor Murillo. In addition to teaching classes, their days are full of planning a more extensive curriculum, visiting students in the village, and helping out around the Foundation. 

 A final view of some of Oda's homes and rice fields from the classroom door, as we send the last students home for the evening. Heading home along the narrow paths between fields, the students wave to their teachers as long as they are within sight, yelling "bye!" and "see you tomorrow!" and, especially, "ramro sapona dekhnos!!" (have good dreams!).

A final view of some of Oda's homes and rice fields from the classroom door, as we send the last students home for the evening. Heading home along the narrow paths between fields, the students wave to their teachers as long as they are within sight, yelling "bye!" and "see you tomorrow!" and, especially, "ramro sapona dekhnos!!" (have good dreams!).