As my 2 year placement here in rural Nepal comes to an end, my last few weeks have been spent visiting the twelve schools I have worked with over the last 22 months, to collect data about improvements in teaching and learning and feedback about the project from the Headteachers of each school. (see blog page 'Success?')
As these visits have been my last to each school, many arranged farewell ceremonies for me, in the traditional Nepali way. Red tikka powder is smeared on my forehead, a silk scarf (kata) and a garland of flowers (malla) placed around my neck. The kata scarves have beautiful Buddhist symbols on them, for good luck. It is a lovely way to say goodbye! (However I have found that the tikka has stained my hair - so I now have a red tinted fringe!!)
|Little Sisters singing their song .......|
|..... and the Big Sisters at another school|
Below are some of the photos taken of me during or after these ceremonies. Sadly from some schools I have no photos.
|Overwhelmed by so many garlands.|
|A Big Sister and Youth Volunteer who had come |
to say goodbye
|The English teacher reading a letter of appreciation.|
|Flowers and tikka from every child.|
Thank you to all the teachers and headteachers that I have worked with for your friendship and acceptance. I know many of you have worked hard to make your schools more girl-friendly, so that the Little Sisters actually want to be at school and do well in their education. Keep up the good work!
|A fitting quote for the project, found on the wall of one school.|