On November 12th 1991, Khumjung School and Tateyama Ashikura School in Toyama, Japan came to the mutual agreement to establish a sister-school relationship on the principles of mutual understanding and friendship. From Khumjung School a group of 5 students along with the Headmaster at the time, the late Shyam Krishna Pradhan; teachers Mr Pasang Sherpa and Mr Lakpa Gelu Sherpa flew to Ashikura School. The vast assembly was addressed enthusiastically by Sir Edmund Hillary, who had attended the program by kind invitation of Ashikura School and Marushin Shitaka Construction Company, Japan.
This was the start of an enduring friendship with the Japanese people involving visits to both countries by both sides, the sharing of cultures and teaching and a strengthening of the friendship between Japan and Nepal. The credit for establishing the long-lasting sister relationship between Khumjung School and Ashikura School undoubtedly goes to Mr Lakpa Gelu Sherpa, the former science teacher of Khumjung School.
“Through the schools relationship with Ashikura school, Members of GEN ( 1973 -1977), Lhajung Weather Observation Station at Pheriche led by Mr Iida Hajime kindly assisted the school in constructing a block for a science laboratory. Soroptimist International Company in Tateyama assisted us with the construction of a school hall with a capacity of 400 seats. Later, in 2005, the school hall was wonderfully renovated by the Himalayan Trust. Mrs. Sue Heyman, the daughter of Lady June Hillary, kindly supported us to equip the hall with a sound system.“
Student Exchange Program
The student exchange program between Khumjung School and Tateyama Ashikura School in Toyama, Japan was established to foster the strong relationship between the two schools.
Since 1991, every two years a small group of Khumjung School students with a teacher are kindly hosted at Ashikura School to share and exchange culture, ideas and resources. Similarly there is a biennial mission of Japanese students, teachers and parents visiting Khumjung for the same purpose. Khumjung School is very proud to have such a strong friendship with Ashikura School, Japan.