Shikharapur Agricultural College

Shikharapur Agricultural College

From Pearly Wong

I am fund-raising on behalf of this award-winning education project in Pharping, Nepal! Your money will contribute directly to the development of an agricultural college run by the community for youth around the country

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over 3 years ago

We have now exceeded 1000$ in donation,! Though it is still a long way to go, I want to take this opportunity to thank all the supporters! We could not have done it without you! Please feel free to share our news and our fundraising campaign with the rest!

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Shikharapur Sustainable Farming School is an Okayama Education for Sustainable Education Award Winner in 2018! 

With the 3000$ award, the community thought of expanding the current school, housed in two houses made by bottles with surrounding leased land for agricultural education. The school is sustaining 15 in-house students and workers, who live, eat and generate their own income from the school land. It is also training 440 students and farmers based in Kathmandu and Makwanpur. Witnessing the impact of the project, the community management team decided that more students, especially youth from remote areas in Nepal, should be incorporated as in-house student. That would mean a permanent piece of land, more residence and training halls, as well as agricultural equipment and facilities. 

To put this into action, the community team has amassed significant support for the project, and raised 63,400$ so far:

  • Nepal University Grants Commission : 50000 $
  • ESD Okayama Award : 3000 $
  • Rotary Club of Barrie/ Angus Morrison Elementary School Canada: 3400 $
  • Provincial Government : 5000 $
  • Local Government: 2000 $

But the overall project will at minimum cost 130,000$ for land purchase and building construction. So there is a gap of 66,600$ to fill. 

In order to not lose the acquired resources for the project, we have 12 months to fund raise for the gap. This is where your contribution comes in to help transform the lives of many! Every dollar counts!

More reasons to support us:

As a school, we integrate different features of environmental friendly but affordable innovations for teaching and demonstration purposes. We have classrooms made from bottles, eco-kitchen made of mud and bamboo, solar-pumped irrigation systems, rain-water harvesting ponds, a composting toilet, organic farms with animal husbandry, and home-made farming products. 

We do not incur school fees for in-house students but generate sustainable income through our kitchen offering catering services and the sale of our milk products. 

The project is innovative because

(1)      Instead of merely providing skills and education, it demonstrates a feasible, holistic way of life. The farming school demonstrates how satisfactory living conditions could be established, using low-cost, recycled materials as well as clean energy, and how such living conditions and livelihood could be sustained using simple, but innovative farming techniques, products and marketing. Students learn by managing and operating the school themselves. The new college will provide the living space for more in-house students for such experiential learning, and more resources  to generate and sustain their living costs.

(2)      It encourages contextualized learning, and instills the ideas of reuse and recycling locally available resources. Rather than teaching people universal knowledge, we pay attention to local contexts and practicality. We encourage interaction and experience sharing between farmers, entrepreneurs and students, because we understand that challenges and resources must be understood contextually. With the new college, we are able to held regular meetings among farmers in the region, our students and agricultural experts and officers!

(3)     More important than providing education, we build a community. We show care and affection towards our students, and we encourage them to extend their compassion towards others. We develop their leadership and management skills, while raising awareness on the issue of community development. While receiving education, they are also contributing to the surrounding communities with visible impacts, such as the reduction of solid waste. The new college can demonstrate and extend these small communities to a larger one, at regional or even national level. 

Previously many students have a misconception about farming, that it is a laborious, non-profitable and backward occupation. With training from the school and witnessing themselves the transformative potentials of the farming school, students are inspired and motivated in pursuing sustainable farming. The most common expression by students is that they stop thinking about going abroad, but understand that developing agriculture locally could be the way towards sustainable development. In addition, they start to pay attention to healthy eating and nutrition, and responsible farming to minimize environmental impacts. As they themselves have been provided the benefits and opportunities for learning by the farming school, they have also developed a sense of social responsibility for others. Many expressed the wish to train others. Inspired by our bottle houses and composting toilets, they also learn to take initiatives and develop skills in utilizing local resources, including solid waste. 

A bit about the community:

The Shikharapur Community Learning Center (CLC) is working on a variety of educational sub-sectors such as non-formal, formal, and informal education, focusing on skill development.

Since its establishment, it has continuously worked on literacy development, adult learning, education for the school drop outs, open schooling, etc. Ministry of Education has been taking the CLC as a place for implementing new ideas and transferring them to other villages. The project of Sustainable Farming School is integrated with other components of the organization, specifically it connects open school students with the farming school, with the aim of providing skills for self-employment for those who have obtained successfully formal education, as it is understood that education alone could not guarantee people’s livelihood and well-being. 

* I knew them while working for UNESCO Nepal during 2015-2017. With the more than dozens of community organizations I have worked with, they are the most impressive. So now I am working with them as a graduate student of UW-Madison. 

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Pearly Wong posted a new update:
over 3 years ago

Update #2

We have now exceeded 1000$ in donation,! Though it is still a long way to go, I want to take this opportunity to thank all the supporters! We could not have done it without you! Please feel free to share our news and our fundraising campaign with the rest!

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Pearly Wong posted a new update:
over 3 years ago

Update #1

We just received a generous donation of 500 euro from Anke Pecher-Schlör, Helga Schlör, Holger Schlör and Jonas Schlor. Thank you so much!

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