In July 2013 BFSS awarded The CAIRN Trust a 3-year grant (subject to satisfactory annual report) for the establishment of a nursery school and the training of the teachers in Sikles, Kaski district in Western Nepal. The first year’s grant of £6,218 was paid in August 2013. The CAIRN (Child Aid in Rural Nepal) Trust was set up in 2007 to improve the educational system and widen educational access for children in Nepal. The BFSS grant is in support of the delivery of the CAIRN Early Years (CEY) Programme which has been launched in 19 schools in West Nepal to address the complete lack of facilities for young children in rural Nepal. The programme introduces the youngest children to excellent education by providing: safe, colourful classrooms conducive to learning; suitable resources that engage pupils; training for teachers in core teaching skills.
BFSS welcomed evidence of progress in Sikles in The Cairn Trust’s first annual report to BFSS and was pleased to renew grant for £3,016 for 2014. All six classrooms in the school have been refurbished, classroom furniture has been installed, learning resources appropriate to age and grade have been provided and nine teachers are undergoing training and development. Baseline data has been collected against which to measure termly and annual progress. 169 children across six grades are benefiting from BFSS’s funding. BFSS welcomes the fact that, in addition to collecting and analysing standard pupil academic results, CAIRN are devising a set of pupil assessments and KPIs that will monitor child learning and development in a holistic manner.