WELCOME TO THE SHANTI SCHOOL
The school is located in the Terai (flat plains) region in Southern Nepal in the small village of Sarjuganj in the district of Rupendehi.
Sarjuganj now has more than the two local shops since our very first visit. The nearest larger town is 14 miles / 22 km away entailing an hour and a half bus ride on a bumpy monsoon-ridden road.
The construction of the school began in 2003. Progress was slow due to lack of funds, weather conditions, and seasonal duties such as harvesting rice.
The school opened in early April, 2004. The construction of the main level of the school was completed that year. In 2016 the school was able to complete structural basics and simple electricity on the second and third levels.
Presently, there are thirteen classrooms functioning with 17 Nepalese teachers and about 275 children ranging from 3 to 16 years of age. Classes offered range from nursery to Class Ten. The children walk, bike or take the bus to get to school. A school uniform is worn.
All subjects are taught in English. Subjects include Nepalese, English, Hygiene, Social Studies, Math, Science, Art, Computers, and Conversation. The school is private, but follows the regulations and curriculum of the government system.
A small one-time admission fee is charged to the children. This was created to foster respect within the village, the school and individual families. The girls have a reduced admission fee to encourage families to formally educate them. There is a small monthly fee per child that is used to supplement the teachers salaries. With each increasing grade level the fees increase slightly. The fees at Shanti School are much less than other private schools in the surrounding area and have not been raised since the school's opening. The school is a (not-for-profit) private school.
If there is a family having difficulty with the payments, exceptions may be made. There are also reduced rates for families with more than 2 children attending the school.