About the School

How the school was created

Yeshi

The school was founded by Yeshi Gyaltsen from Pokhara, Nepal. His mother passed away when he was five and his father passed away a few years later. His father’s friends sent him to India to an orphanage. He went on to receive a higher education at Drepung Loseling Monastic University in South India.

After he graduated he taught for eight years as a volunteer at Drepung Loseling Buddhist cultural school. In 1994 he joint Mount Kailash School in Pokhara, Nepal. In 1999 he made a pilgrimage to Muktinath in Mustang. There he met many poor people and they told him they did not have a good school and many poor or orphaned children worked as shepherds rather than go to school.

Their plight made him sad and he remembered how he had been helped as a child. So he decided that with the support of his wife, his friends and his own savings, he would set up a small school to provide education, shelter and clothing for neglected children. On 4th September 2000 he opened the school with 7 children and 3 staff members.


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The recruitment process

Yeshi has a unique requirement process to populate the school. Each summer he walks for twenty days through the Himalaya Mountains and around Mustang, visiting the villages. In consultation with the village chief, he collects needy orphans and poor children, and then walks back through the mountains.

The School 2000 – 2008

Nagajuna Modern Boarding School was founded in a rented three story house with nine rooms, three bedrooms for the children, two for classes, one for staff, a kitchen, storeroom and a small office. The student’s ages ranged from 3 to 15.

The School 2008 – 2012

The school grew to look after and educate 120 kids. We rented buildings but often landlords double costs and even evicted us once. The facilities were poor and cramped and the kids were often sick. So after much fund raising we have recently built the first 2 floors of a school on the outskirts of Pokhara. There are classrooms for each year but all kids share a dormitory and although surrounded by farmland there is no safe place for the kids to play. So we are currently raising money to buy some adjacent land and build a playground.

Nagajuna school photo

What do the children learn?

The subjects that taught are: Nepali, Tibetan English, Social studies, Math and Science. These last subjects are taught in English. The subjects are tested with a term test, 6 monthly test, and a yearly exam. Besides this, there are quizes, handwriting, spelling, singing and dancing contests. There are 9 teachers, sometimes volunteers and 3 other staff. School days are Sunday to Friday, and the children are free Friday afternoon and Saturdays.