Children of Nepal was established in 1996 in association with The Rudolf Steiner Foundation, now known as RSF Social Finance. Its first project was to create a kindergarten in a children’s home in Kathmandu. For three years, CON trained the staff in teaching and management skills. In 1999, the project was handed over to the kindergarten’s Nepalese staff. In 2000, CON helped to establish Tashi Waldorf School in an area on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
Last year, the school upgraded the classes up to grade 4. One batch of grade 4 has already graduated. At the moment, there are 120 children attending the school in Nursery, two Kindergartens and classes 1 through 4.
Children of Nepal’s mission is to provide children in Nepal with a positive, nurturing, and stimulating environment in their early years. CON has integrated the principles of Waldorf (Rudolf Steiner) education with the diverse cultures and traditions of the Himalayas. In accordance with Waldorf practices, CON believes that intellect, emotion, and spirituality all contribute equally to a child’s healthy development. By combining these elements in a more integrative manner than conventional education techniques, children will become empowered and well-rounded individuals.
In Nepal, the bombardment of globalization combined with the dehumanizing effects of poverty has given many people a deteriorating sense of identity. CON believes that children must be raised to feel confident in their own backgrounds in order to face the challenges of the 21st century. In CON’s programs, children experience the richness of Nepalese culture while gaining the skills for today’s globalized world.
TWS is committed to providing welcome and appropriate learning opportunities to all children. Children with special educational needs receive support and assistance and develop their own unique areas of talent giving them a sound basis for later life. They receive support and love from the whole school community and all children in the school are engaged in caring for others and for nature through socially and environmentally friendly activities.
Children of Nepal firmly believes that culturally-appropriate education holds the key to the eradication of poverty, conflict, and disease.
source : http://childrenofnepal.org/