The Conscience Primary School
The Conscience Primary School was founded by Passang Dhondup Lama, born in the Rasuwa region of Nepal. He had the luck to receive a sponsorship from an Australian gentleman for a secondary school in Kathmandu. After a successful graduation, Passang was able to enter Tribhuvan University where he completed a degree in Sociology and Economics.
After working as a tutor in an orphanage and as Operations Manager at the Himalayan Children Foundation, Passang decided to live his dream- providing an education for the underprivileged children of the Himalaya. One of his projects is the Conscience Primary School in Kathmandu, which he founded in the spring of 2013.
CPS is an English language based school which provides a good standard education for poor rural children who cannot afford to attend a private English language school in Kathmandu. This is a fully supported program located in Nayapati, a village 15kilometers away from Kathmandu, which currently accommodates 67 pupils.
Conscience Primary School (CPS) selects children from the most remote and poorest mountain villages in Nepal, placing special emphasis on the Tibetan border region. Since the nearest school is often a three to four hour walk from their home, children living in these villages typically do not have the same access to education as other children do.
CPS works to include both Nepali children and Tibetan refugees in its work. The children come to CPS when they are five to seven years old. As of now, they are cared for until the 5th grade. Passang, Gabriela and Katja work on ideas to continue care for the children until they have graduated from high school. The staff at CPS is committed to providing the best care possible for the children by creating a secure, safe, and loving environment.
Three languages – English, Nepali and Tibetan – are taught in the school. The curriculum also includes science, mathematics, and social studies, all of which are taught in English. An English language based education will provide the children with greater job opportunities in the future.
When the children first arrive, their health is evaluated and necessary steps are taken to ensure that their health and nutritional needs are attended to.
Appropriate medical care is necessary for the children to perform optimally both at school and at home. A doctor of western medicine visits the CPS hostel once a month to provide both regular check-ups and necessary vaccinations, and is also available to provide emergency services as needed.
Children’s Extra-Curricular Activities
Conscience Primary School offers extra-curricular activities for the children. These activities provide the children with experiences that will broaden their knowledge and allow them to consider different career options in the future.
The Conscience Primary School children tend a new vegetable garden adjacent to the school on a leased parcel of land. CPS is aware of the importance of teaching the children life skills such as maintaining a garden and nourishing themselves by contributing to nutritional, well-balanced meals. The garden keeps the children connected to the Nepalese farming skills maintained in their villages and gives them an opportunity for enjoyable fulfilling work.
Music and Dance Classes
Our music program provides the children with alternative interests that might provide them with further career opportunities. The program provides musical instrument training, choral singing and both modern and traditional dance.
The Conscience Primary School recognizes the importance of keeping the children in touch with their families and their village way of life. With this in mind, CPS has initiated a home-visit program. Twice a year, children are escorted back to their villages and spend the school holidays with their extended families.