Old Girls Support Classrooms in the Clouds
Wednesday, 04 February 2015
In November last year the Old Girls’ Association ran their annual Christmas Market, raising money for the School’s bursary fund and a chosen charity. The Market as a huge success once again, with a huge turnout of people enjoying the stalls and getting into the spirit of the season.
All of the funds were totalled up in time for the Old Girls’ Association Lunch, ready for the presentation of the cheque to this year’s chosen charity: Classrooms in the Clouds.
The charity helps to support education in the small, rural communities of the Everest region of Nepal. In this area, many children are expected to work, take care of younger siblings and elderly or disabled relatives, and do chores – limiting their potential. There is also a high likelihood that they will drop out of education at eleven or twelve years old because their school does not have the teachers or classrooms to allow them to stay to complete their School Leaving Certificate, which is the national qualification in Nepal. Schools are also scarce, with the ‘local’ primary school over three hours away and secondary schools even more widely spread.
Classrooms in the Clouds sponsors teachers and helps to build classrooms to improve this situation, as well as promoting equality, accessibility and sustainability in education.
Old Girl Dr Sheila Fisher returned to School to accept the cheque for £350 on behalf of the charity. She emphasized that this donation will go a long way towards helping the charity to achieve some of its aims in Nepal: £120 pays a month’s wages to a teacher, £50 provides desks for eighty pupils, and £5 will pay for a porter to carry supplies to a remote school. She also spoke about Lord Leverhulme’s legacy, the importance of bursaries within the School community, and how wonderful it is that the Old Girls, some of whom once benefitted from this support, are now giving back to education both in Bolton and on the other side of the world.