Kalika Educational Learning Centre
Bringing digital learning to rural Nepal
Students using the computer suite
The project was the brainchild of alumni Laxmi and Uddhav who used the grant to establish an Educational Learning Centre (ELC) at Kalika Lower Secondary School located in a remote village in Solukhumbu. As well as a computer suite, the project included providing a library and over 900 books and training on library book management.
“Despite being one of the oldest schools in our village, our students have very limited access to technology and resources. With the Pestalozzi grant, our dream of transforming the school has become a reality. We are sincerely grateful for this grant and are confident that the ELC will be hugely beneficial to our students and the school as a whole.” Hom Kattel, Principal
Laxmi (’11) grew up in a single parent household where the financial situation was difficult. She began using her spare time to tutor other students to earn money for her school expenses and to help her mother.
She went on to study at Duke University gaining a degree in International comparative studies with a focus on education in South Asia, mathematics and education. Laxmi won Duke’s prestigious Hart Fellowship to engage in a service-based research project with Teach for Nepal and also volunteered for the Dalit Rights International Commission and ran a mentorship programme for high-school students. After graduating she returned to Nepal spending 2 years as an Impact Evaluation Coordinator at TFN.
“At the heart of these involvements lie the values I was instilled with while at Pestalozzi – giving back to your community. I am very grateful for the opportunity that I received despite my difficult family circumstances, and I am now using my head, heart and hands to make a little difference in other people’s lives, who have the potential, but not necessarily the means that they need to fulfil their potential.”
Kalika Lower Secondary School, Solukhumbu
Uddhav (’11) is from Necha, northern Nepal, a region that was negatively impacted by the civil war. His father is a farmer and his mother a housewife. Uddhav gained a scholarship to attend school in Kathmandu before being selected for a Pestalozzi scholarship in 2009. In 2012, Uddhav was awarded a Davis Projects for Peace grant, which he used for sustainable initiatives to revitalise his village. This was followed by the Martin Luther King Junior Leadership Award for his contribution to society in 2013. Uddhav graduated from MIT in 2015 with a degree in Maths and is currently working for an investment management firm.
“A well-equipped ELC with internet service, library, and trained teachers will enable access to a holistic education that the students, especially in remote villages, do not get,” shared alumni Laxmi and Uddhav.