Goal and Achievement
The Curriculum

Khumjung School is guided by the Nepali National curriculum leading to School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exam in Grade 10.  Teaching is conducted in Nepali, but children are given extra English classes from the very beginning and children are encouraged to use as much English as possible throughout their education. As part of the school’s commitment to the local community and culture, the Sherpa language is also taught.

Khumjung School provides the students with a strong foundation in mathematics, science and environment education.  A wide range of options, such as geography, optional math, health and physical education, are offered at SLC level.
Computer technology is an ever-growing phenomenon and it is essential that young people acquire basic computer skills in order to progress and be successful in the wider world.  Thanks to the work on its computer suite, Khumjung School is able to offer not only regular computer classes but also extra computer classes after school for those students who wish to further improve their skills and equip themselves for their future lives.

The school also offers extra classes before and after school in a number of subjects for those students wanting further assistance.

The school believes children are able to absorb a lot of information at a young age.  Therefore a varied curriculum is started immediately at Primary level and followed right through the whole of the Secondary school, with subjects including Nepali, English, Mathematics, Humanities, Art, Computer Studies, Science, Environmental and Population Education and Social Studies.  The school also offers preschool classes and the local children are encouraged to come from a young age to prepare them for Grade 1.

After SLC, students can pursue further education, from Grade 11-12, in a choice of subjects in several higher secondary schools to suite their interest and ability.  Most students from Khumjung continuing to this level must travel to Kathmandu.  At the end of Grade 12 they must then get acceptable marks in their exams before they can be admitted into University.

Extra-Curricular Activities

A curriculum and education is not only about academic progress but about the development of the whole person, a person who will grow up to be an upstanding citizen with strong morals, equipped with the skills necessary to succeed and to live as part of a community.  Therefore, the curriculum at Khumjung, as well as focusing on academic progress, is also tailored to achieve these life goals and create well-rounded young people.

Khumjung School offers its students a wide variety of hobbies and activities.  There is drama, singing, dance, drawing & painting, and literary activities for the art lovers.  Magic Yeti Library has a good supply of English and Nepali books for the studious pupils and sport lovers have access to athletics, football, volleyball, cricket and badminton.  Badminton is the favoured sport in Khumjung and the students play to a high skill level after school, before school, and indeed at any given opportunity.

Every two years the students and teachers hold a show for the community which involves drama, comedy skits, local dancing and singing.  This is very well received by the community, with a packed hall for several nights.  It is a great way to gather all the families together and raise some money for the school.

Sagarmatha Eco Club

Another area Khumjung School feels is essential for the students to understand is conservation.  Conservation and Preservation Education is extremely important to the Sherpa people and to the students and staff at Khumjung School.  The school therefore successfully runs an eco-club named "Sagarmatha Eco-Club", formed by the students.  The aim of this club is to keep the school clean and to raise awareness of environmental issues among the students.  The pupils here at Khumjung take a real pride in the appearance and presentation of their school, and the sight of children doing voluntary cleanups in the morning around school is a common one.  The club also aims to educate the coming generations about the importance of conservation and environment preservation.

Furthermore, the club is an excellent way of fostering relationships and developing links with other schools in the area.  The school operates the 'Green Gift' Exchange where children send green gifts to other schools who then reciprocate.  It is a very successful program and one which will continue to run in the future.


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