97 students are in the Shechen school. 4 students already study at Northwest University. 4 boys already study in Shechen Shedra from last year.
We are happy to see that students are studying very hard. 2 girls will be admitted in Kanding Medical School next month! 4 girls will be admitted to Kanding Tibetan College in Sichuan Province! Bravo!
Depending on the age and knowledge, children are divided into two classes. The curriculum encompasses Tibetan, Chinese, mathematics, English, dancing and singing, ethics and general knowledge. Examination at the end of the school year is based on the tests of higher level, used by schools in larger cities. The teachers are mostly volunteers.
The living conditions in rural areas at an altitude of almost 4000 meters above the sea level are difficult. Winters are bitterly cold, there is no quality health care, the transport of people and supplies is logistically very demanding. A large proportion of the population still lives a nomadic life. Electricity supply is unreliable. The water comes from a well on the school grounds. Waste disposal and treatment poses a big challenge at the moment as there is no communal system in place in the whole area. The school has a temporary solution with an excavated depot.
Medical care of children represents a great concern and also expense. When it comes to the childrens' health, the school stands out in the region because there is no economising and personal effort is not an issue. Often this means that the children will be taken for treatment to Chengdu or Bejing. In the three years we had two serious health problems - Yeshi Cutchong had a brain tumor, which was successfully removed with an operation and Lodro Drime, who is undergoing a long term treatment due to a wrongly grown broken leg bone.
Lessons take place from 9 am to 12 noon and from 2.30 pm to 5 pm, six days a week.
Children eat three times a day. Although the meals are simple, the amount of food is not limited, therefore, no one at the school is hungry. The most important thing at the moment is to provide regular funding and to improve living conditions in the school.
Staff in the school:
- 12 teachers
- 2 life care mothers
- 1 door keeper
- 2 cooks
- 1 school doctor
- 1 driver
- 1 tangka teacher
- 10 bedrooms for students
- 7 classrooms
- 1 clinic
- 1 library
- 1 office
- 1 dinner hall