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!