How Champa's life changed through a COPE School

Parbuje village is an exclusively Tamang village situated at almost 2 days' walk from district headquarter of Okhaldhunga. There are about 60 households in this community. Most of the adults in this village are illiterate. Elders usually go to Shilong (India) to work on coalmines for their livelihood and they remain there almost for 6 months' period. Therefore it is children and women to uphold domestic affairs in the village. Sending children to schools had never been a priority for the villagers.

Champa Devi Tamang, a 5th daughter of Ram Bahadur Tamang had to go for fetching water and firewood from the early morning almost every day even at the age of 6. The only accessible School for her was Lamrang Primary School, almost 2 hours' walk. She never had thought that one day she would also be able to join in a primary school. However she had the dream of reading like one of her maternal brother from her early days but due to the inaccessibility, she could not do it and had to remain unattended in any school till the opening of COPE School at her village.

Champa Devi was the only daughter in her family to attend the formal education at the age of 8. Rest of her siblings never got the opportunity to attend school and all got married at early age.

She enjoys attending the class since her teachers are well aware in creating child friendly environment in the classroom and the school is far joyful and livable place for her.

She is regular and sincere with her studies. Her teacher Gangamaya Tamang says that Champadevi has not remained absent in the school even for a single day after she joined it. Her father Mr. Ram Bahadur Tamang, a farmer in the village, attributes Champa's sincerity to the COPE school. 'It is mainly due to the environment they get in the school that attracts our kids to study. I think the training COPE teachers are receiving has encouraged them for a joyful school environment', Tamang says.