One of the remote communities that has been supported by PTN for many years is Tangting village, located 27kms north east of Pokhara. It is a remote village in the Himalayas with little access to Government support. Historically, those in search of better jobs and wages had to leave the village.
The Himalayan Milan Secondary School first opened in 1956 as a primary level school, but progressing beyond primary education was difficult and expensive. Therefore, only 72 Tangting students passed their School Leaving Certificate between 1956 and 2000.
In 2000, PTN supported the building of a new ten-room school building and, in 2001, secondary level education was established. This was followed in 2004 by the further construction of a school hostel with four rooms and in2016 with the construction of a new library.
As a result, since 2001, over 290 students have passed their SLC, with 57 going on to achieve intermediate level and a further ten students achieving their bachelor’s degree.
The school has benefitted from having an active and successful link with Maidstone Girls Grammar School since 2006, who raise money for it every year as part of their RAG week activities, as well as organising regular trips to Tangting for students and teachers (link here).
The school’s head teacher, Om Prakash Gurung, says: “The students of Tangting previously needed to walk two hours down the mountain in the morning to the neighbouring village of Sondha and two hours walking back up in the evening for secondary level education… There are now high numbers of educators, skilled manpower, qualified teachers, technicians, social workers, bankers, health workers from Tangting. On the behalf of Tangting villagers, I would like to extend our thank you to Pahar Trust Nepal and all its supporters.”
One of those students who benefitted from PTN’s work in Tangting was Guman Dhoj Gurung. He passed his secondary level education at the school and received a scholarship from PTN to help him continue with his studies at university. He successfully passed his bachelor degree in education management, and has gone on to work in a child welfare scheme in Nepal that supports early grade reading. He is a member of the Conservation Area Management Committee aspart of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project and a member of the Madi Rural Municipality Village Education Committee.
He says: “I have been working in conservation, environment, education, social and economic development of my own village and am very proud of my job. The was all made possible by the support of Pahar Trust Nepal and the supporters and donors who helped us with the new school building in Tangting.”