The proceeds from Kutumba US tour will support ongoing construction of Jyotidaya Cooperative School in Nepal.

Unique Community Based Solution to Expand Quality Education in Nepal

Kutumba performing for Jyotidaya School in Chapagaun

Jyotidaya Cooperative School in Chapagaun, a village in the outskirt of Kathmandu Valley, is a model school that offers an alternative to expensive private schools and low quality public schools. Run by a group of young people, the school is the only community cooperative school in Nepal. Jyotidaya School is developed as a model nonprofit, community school where tuition is at least 40% less than comparative private schools, and 1 in 7 children, mostly orphans and children from poor families, study for free. The school offers quality education from the pre-school to the 10th grade for about 280 children. For the last five years, 100% of the students have passed the SLC examination, while the national average is only 60%. The completion rate for government school is less than 40%.

Because the school receives no government support and The teachers are underpaid has run largely on the volunteer efforts of dedicated young adults, it doesn’t’ have adequate facilities. The classrooms are small; 280 children have fewer than 10 computers, and there is no adequate playground, no science lab or a library.

Jyotidaya school serves the poor and underprivileged families in Chapagaun area. According a household survey of Jyotidaya School students, about 63% of household have illiterate family members. Illiteracy is higher among female and older household members. The per capita income among student household is USD $467 , little lower than national average of USD $568 . However, the per capita income in Kathmadu valley tends be much higher than the national average. Among the household surveyed, about 60% live in less than USD $1.25, an international metrics for extreme poverty.


A Model Green School

The construction is being done using mostly local materials such as bamboo & adobe.Sarvodaya is supporting school to expand infrastructure to provide an adequate learning environment and extend the quality education to over 500 children in the community. The project is being developed as a national model that other rural communities in Nepal can adapt. The plan is to construct a school building using as much as of sustainable and low-cost, local materials such as adobe and bamboo. The use of sustainable resources like these is unusual and will cost at least 50 percent less than traditional concrete and mortar only building, which is used widely in private residences and school constructions throughout Nepal.

Green schools also stress improved indoor environmental quality because of its impact on student health and learning. Skylights and large windows allow daylight to stream in, reducing energy costs and improving student concentration and performance. The design of the school includes lightshelves that bounce sunlight deep into the room and provide even light distribution

Natural building material allow for comfortable indoor temperatures enhance productivity and keep students more alert.  Fresher, cleaner air can be achieved with windows that open or ventilation systems that provide a constant supply of air.

The roof is designed to collect rain water in the monsoon season. An estimated 1.3 million liters of water can be collected in a year in the area. The rain water will be stored in the underground tanks and then will be distributed through the plumbing

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