Muscat: Students of Indian School Al Ghubrah helped repair a primary school in Nepal that was badly damaged in the earthquake.
They were in the Himalyan country as part of a Round Square International Project.
Authorities at the Indian School Al Ghubrah said Aditya Kamath and Anushree Shirish Gupte, both from ISG CBSE-I, along with 46 students from various schools around the world, participated in the 10-day project. Four students from the local Round Square School, or the Chandbagh School, also participated.
The project, which began from just a heap of sand, ended with the repairs. Most of the classrooms saw flooring work being completed, the dividers built, a majority of the walls constructed and all the windows and two doors in place.
Each day, the students came up with innovative and fun-filled ideas even as they worked hard. One day they simply sat outdoors, while choosing to sit on the ground the next day, experiencing how locals had their meals. Post lunch, they would return to the worksite, returning to their campsite by 3 pm. They also enjoyed a cultural show put up by the students of the Mahendra Gram.
Participants also had an opportunity to visit the monkey temple, a famous monastery and the sunrise point in Nagarkot. They also interacted with the students of Mahendra Grammar H.S. School. The students of the primary wing of the school read out stories from their English books and were eager to learn new things from these friendly visitors. They were particularly enthused about sitting in their new classrooms.
Aditya reminisced about the affection which the students showered upon them and their willingness to learn, which, he said, was truly unbelievable.
Visiting the site of the old school made the students realise the intensity of the 2015 earthquake.The destruction was terrible, yet the people kept a smile on their face and were grateful for the project. As members of a group that reflected various cultures from all four corners of the world, Aditya and Anushree learnt a lot about different traditions and how to respect differences.
Anushree remarked, “It was a humbling experience and instilled a sense of gratitude in me for the things I have. We crib a lot at home and here we were with children who didn’t care about the adverse conditions because they were desperate to learn.”
The students expressed their gratitude for this opportunity where they not only had a chance to give to the unprivileged a fraction of what they owe to the world, but were also able to take home valuable lessons of care, concern and love for humanity.