There are very few things in my life that can send me into a fit of rage and fortunately nowadays it never happens, unless I reflect on the 10 years that Dr C and I ran a U.K. charity and NGO in Nepal. Today’s image has taken me back to those 10 years between 2007 and 2017.
This is a small boy in a state junior school in Kathmandu, look at the floor, the walls, the lack of furniture, the lack of resources. Then understand that this is a state school, a government school funded by taxes and incoming aid …… most of which never reaches a school. Is it any wonder that I felt rage at the incompetence and arrogance of the Ministry of Education who frankly couldn’t successfully organise a “piss up in a brewery” never mind the education of their nations children.
In that 10 year period our team trained 2000 teachers, developed the quality of education in 200 schools and worked with the parents of 12 Kathmandu communities. Our approach and methods were open to the Nepal government and international aid organisations, our staff offered to train ministry teacher trainers ……… they didn’t want to know!
I’ll shut up! But it still festers and I’ve already written enough about it on a previous manifestation of this blog, so if you’d be interested in a summary from a 2017 post read Nepal Children Denied Quality Education
I was inspired to post this photo following a post by my blogging friend Cady who wrote Just One Person originally. Do take a peek at her blog, we have a good “challenge community” going.