The Conscience Primary School was founded by Passang Dhondup Lama, born in Nepal in the Rasuwa region. He had the luck to get a sponsorship by an Australian gentleman for a secondary school in Kathmandu which after a successful graduation opened him the doors to the Tribuwan University where he completed a degree in sociology and economics. After working as a tutor in an orphanage and as Operations Manager in the Himalayan Children Foundation, Passang decided to live his dream: providing an education for the underprivileged children of the Himalayas, including the increasing number of Tibetan refugee children in Nepal. One of his projects is the Conscience Primary School in Kathmandu which he founded in spring 2013.
It is an English language based school, which provides a good standard education for poor rural children who cannot afford to attend a private English language school in Kathmandu. This is a full support program in Nayapati, a village 15km away from Kathmandu, which accomodates currently 50 pupils, of which 29 children need a sponsorship.
Gabriela Baumann from Germany came to visit the school in November 2013 and met Katja Pischel in India in 2014. They both were so excited about the sustainable work Passang does that they decided to found an organization that supports such projects of which they are sure that every cent that is being invested goes directly into the project itself. And so “EINFACH MACHEN e.V.” was born with its first project the Conscience Primary School.
Conscience Primary School (CPS) selects children from the most remote and poorest mountain villages in Nepal, placing special emphasis on the Tibetan border region. Since the nearest school is often a three to four hours walk from their home, children living in these villages do not have the same access to education as others.
CPS works to include both Nepali children and Tibetan refugees in its work. The children come to the Conscience Primary School when they are five to seven years old. As of now they are cared for until 5th grade and Passang, Gabi and Katja work on ideas to care for them until they have graduated from high school. The staff at CPS is committed to providing the best care possible for the children by creating a secure, safe, and loving environment.
Three languages – English, Nepali and Tibetan – are taught in the school. The curriculum also includes science, mathematics, and social studies, which are taught in English. An English language based education will provide the children with greater job opportunities in the future.
When the children first arrive their health is evaluated and necessary steps are taken to ensure that their health & nutritional needs are catered for.
Appropriate medical care is necessary for the children to perform optimally both at school and at home. A doctor of western medicine visits the CPS hostel annually once a month to provide regular check-ups and necessary vaccinations, and is available to provide emergency services as needed.
Children’s Extra-Curricular Activities
Conscience Primary School offers extra-curricular activities for the children. These activities provide the children with experiences that will allow them to consider different career options in the future.
The Conscience Primary School children tend a new vegetable garden adjacent to the school on a leased parcel of land. CPS is aware of the importance of teaching the children life skills such as maintaining a garden and nourishing themselves by contributing to nutritional, well-balanced meals.
The garden keeps the children connected to the Nepalese farming skills maintained in their villages and gives them an opportunity for enjoyable fulfilling work.
Music & Dance Classes
Our music program provides the children with an alternative interest that might provide them with further career opportunities. The program provides instrumental training, choral singing and modern and traditional dance.
CPS recognizes the importance of keeping the children in touch with their families and their village way of life. With this in mind, CPS has initiated a home-visit program twice a year. Children are escorted back to their villages and spend the school holidays with their extended families.
The cost of this program is € 660 per year for 27 children. This covers the transportation costs for two visits, the salaries of the staff who escort them and the cost of snacks and meals for their journey.