Story of love and support from Singaporean students

Posing for group picture in GJSS in Armala. Picture: PCCI—Pokhara: What do students exactly do? Simply, they study and get the knowledge. Some copies the books and write accordingly in the examination to have academic certificates. But the story is different in the case of students from Singapore Management University (SMU).

They come to Nepal, teach in Nepali schools, make libraries and paints the school walls. As per the annual calendar of their university, this year too, the 22 students from SMU came to Armala of Kaski in Nepal and inspired the Nepali students socially and teach them about social responsibilities.

They spent two weeks at Gyan Jyoti Secondary School (GJSS) in Chhaharepani of Armala and painted school, developed a library and donated $1000 like last year. “We established a library, assisted for internet connectivity in the school and painted the formulas of math and science for students on the walls of this school.” Nicholas Ng, who is the team leader of Singaporean students told the journalists.

According to him, SMU students have been coming and supporting to various schools of Armala for a decade as part of their practical learning, under the Project Namaste. One of the group members Shannon Koh informed that they were here in Nepal with a slogan ‘Moving Mountain’ and remained very happy from the hospitality they received from the school kids.

Pokhar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) had managed to take those students to Armala which was declared as a Model Chamber Village by PCCI few years before. PCCI has been maintaining the relationship with the SMU and its students since the declaration of Chamber Village as part of the concept of economic prosperity.

GJSS Principal Padam Prasad Subedi and students from that school organized a farewell program to the guest students who hugged the Armala students with their love; and promised to come back again to Nepal.

PCCI General Secretary Damu Adhikari informed that his organization has been working for the development of education, health, tourism and agriculture in and around Pokhara region for years.

GJSS Management Committee executive member Keshav Prasad Acharya who chaired the farewell program informed that there are 200 students studying in that school. Dharma Raj Acharya who is the former Principal of GJSS thanked students from Singapore for library and other supports they did.

PCCI General Secretary receiving Tika in Armala school. Picture: PCCI
Guest students enjoying dance in GJSS premises. Picture: PCCI
Published on: December 23, 2016 12:12 pm

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