Andhi Prakash School
Installation of a new computer centre at the Andha Andhi Prakash Secondary School in the Syangja District.
- Location : Shree Andha Andhi Prakash Secondary School, Bichari Chautara, Aathgharey, Andhikhola Rural Municipality, Ward No.3, Syangja District (GPS: 28.181128, 83.768186)
- Project : School computer lab & community computer centre
- Date : May 2017
- Population : 160 students | grades 1 to 10 | 15 teachers
- Category : Computers,
The Andha Andhi Prakash Secondary School computer centres was one of two installed in the Syangja District in 2017, bringing the total number of centres in this District to four. This school was recommended to us by our partner the Nepal Rural Information Technology Development Society.
30% of the children are from traditionally marginalised/indigenous castes and most of the children can’t afford much in the way of stationery and school uniforms and normally don’t have lunch during the day. They have four poor quality computers and some are not working properly and there is no internet. There are 15 teachers including one computer teacher for the English medium.
In this project, we installed three laptops with external keyboards and mice, three NUC desktop computers with monitors (total of six computers), and a UPS battery backup power supply system. We also provided a one day intensive computer maintenance training program for the teachers.
The computers allowed the school to teach computer science which the Nepal Government recently made compulsory. This has been a difficult policy to realise as many remote schools have no computers or old ones that do not work properly. In many cases, the subject is studied as theory from government issued textbooks. The computer facilities we provided helped students to develop competent, hands-on hardware and software skills.
The plan was to use the computer centre as a vocational training facility for interested members of the community.