Here is a little clip today of the Kopila Cafeteria. This is what school lunch looks like every day. These kids eat a lot; more than any kids I've ever seen. You really have to see it to believe it. I don't know where they're putting it all but it's thrilling to watch them filling their bellies with rice and lentils and vegetables every day. The first few days of school lunch many of them were overeating. The thought of having as much food as they wanted to eat was overwhelming for them and many of our students didn't know when to stop. But slowly we are learning. Nearly half of all the 5 year old children in Nepal are malnourished. In Nepal, malnutrition is the underlying cause of 70% of deaths under the age of five. We've got a lot of work to do and as you can see, we're getting there. I am ever so grateful.
This week we are busy running assessment exams; sort of like standardized testing for all of our students. Our school has been running for four months and it's time to check how much progress we've made, see where our kids are at and which direction we need to be heading. I'm most looking forward to reading the kid's writing samples. Nepalese take examinations very seriously while I see testing more as a benchmark to help us (our teachers and staff) be accountable for the education we are providing, and as a way to check in with the progress we've made. Culturally in Nepal, I feel exams tends to be more about competition and memorizing facts and then sitting down and regurgitating them. I'd like to try to pull this school in a little bit of a different direction. It's taking a lot of work, a lot of staff meetings, but I think slowly and surely we are getting there.
Lots more exciting happenings this week that I can't wait to share with you!
All the best, Maggie