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Shanti Nikunja School, Kathmandu (Deuter Schule)

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November 2018

Bei seiner diesjährigen Projekttour im November 2018 wurde 2. Vorstand Manfred Lindner und seine Ehefrau Helga von zwei Journalistinnen und der Pressesprecherin der Fa. Deuter, Angela Vögele, begleitet.

Es stand nämlich u.a. der Besuch der Shanti Nikunja School in Kathmandu auf dem Plan. Diese Schule die wir auch als „Deuter Schule“ bezeichnen, wurde mit finanzieller Unterstützung des Gersthofener Rucksack- und Outdoorequipmenthersteller gebaut und bereits 2013 eingeweiht. Damals konnte die Verteterin der Fa. Deuter nicht mit nach Nepal reisen und so war sie 5 Jahre später, um so gespannter, der erste Mal persönlich die „Deuter Schule“ in Augenschein zu nehmen. Bereits der Empfang durch mehr als 100 Schulkinder mit Blumenkränzen zauberten ungläubiges Staunen und Freude auf das Gesicht von Frau Vögele. Im Anschluss daran gab es neben einigen Dankesreden noch ein buntes Programm von Tänzen und Gesängen durch die Schüler, die extra zum Empfang der deutschen Delegation aus den Ferien in ihre Schule gekommen waren. 

Frau Vögele war restlos begeistert, wie sie in ihrer kurzen Dankesrede betonte und versprach auch in Zukunft sich für die Shanti Nikunja Schule einzusetzen.

Empfang der Nepalhilfe Delegation mit Angela Vögele von der Fa. Deuter
Empfang  der Nepalhilfe Delegation mit Angela Vögele von der Fa. Deuter
Das frisch in den neuen Farben gestrichene Schulgebäude der Deuter Schule
Das frisch in den neuen Farben gestrichene Schulgebäude der Deuter Schule
Zahlreiche Lehrer und Schüler waren trotz der Ferien zu der kleinen Feier zu Ehren der Nepalhilfe Beilngries und Angela Vögele gekommen
Zahlreiche Lehrer und Schüler waren trotz der Ferien zu der kleinen Feier zu Ehren der Nepalhilfe Beilngries und Angela Vögele gekommen
Angela Vögele hielt eine Rede zu den Lehrern und Schülern der „Deuter Schule“
Angela Vögele hielt eine Rede zu den Lehrern und Schülern der „Deuter Schule“
Sichtlich wohl fühlte sich Angela Vögele in den von der Fa. Deuter spendierten Schulbänken
Sichtlich wohl fühlte sich Angela Vögele in den von der Fa. Deuter spendierten Schulbänken

Inauguration of the „Deuter School“ in February 2013

During his visit to Nepal Manfred Lindner, vice-executive of the NHB e.V., inaugurated the first NHB-School in Kathmandu called Shanti Nikunja Primary School. It is a primary school comprising ten forms. Mrs Deuter, head of the well-known German mountaineering brand, was also part of the inauguration festival.

While walking through Thamel, the tourist borough of Kathmandu, two years before, Lindner’s attention was drawn to that school by Sunil Shresta, leading member of the local backup. Shanit Nikunja is the oldest school in the whole Kathmandu valley which Shresta’s father also attended many years before.

During this first visit in February 2011 it was quickly understood that the building of this six-form primary school wouldn’t make it any longer. The roof had already been leaky and the classrooms resembled more a pig stalls than a school. That’s why the decision was made to tear down the old school building and build a new one.

Within two years a three-storey building with ten classrooms and one staffroom was constructed. Deuter, a famous German producer of backpacks, supported the constructions financially and also sent more than 300 backpacks and pencil cases for the inauguration which took place on the 26th February 2013 in the presence of the Nepali minister of education and several other Nepali VIPs. During the opening ceremony which lasted nearly three hours Lindner and the minister of education and cultural affairs cut the ribbon to uncover the official stone plate. In addition to the Nepali national flag there were the flags of Bavaria and Beilngries and of course a big banner of Deuter.

Nearly 400 pupils of form one to four had been dreaming of learning in a proper school building. This dream was fulfilled at that day. In his speech Manfred Lindner put emphasis on the necessity of schooling and education as the basis of life. Without education no country is able to proper, which reality shows. Ignorance mostly dominates the Nepali’s daily lives and often makes the population to underdogs of politics. He concluded his speech with the wish that no chair should ever be vacant and the promise that the school would be enlarged if this really happened.

Shanti Nikanja is the 21st school financed by NHB.

Musical performances by pupils during the inauguration festivities
Musical performances by pupils during the inauguration festivities
Nepali minister of education and Manfred Lindner uncovering the stone plate
Nepali minister of education and Manfred Lindner uncovering the stone plate
A group of students with their new backpacks from Deuter
A group of students with their new backpacks from Deuter
The delegation from Beilngries with Sunil Shresta, the local coordinator and his wife Prerana
The delegation from Beilngries with Sunil Shresta, the local coordinator and his wife Prerana
Overview of the new primary school Shanti Nikunja in Thamel
Overview of the new primary school Shanti Nikunja in Thamel

The foundation stone was laid

Shanti Nikunj School, the oldest primary school in Kathmandu, had been in a miserable condition when vice-executive Manfred Linder visited it with Sunil Shresta in February 2011. This school in the middle of Kathm andu, which is currently attended by almost 400 elementary pupils from form 1 – 4, is the school that Sunil Shresta went to, too. Therefore it was his wish to keep or rebuild this school. 

As you can see in the pictures, pupils and teachers lack absolute necessities, in particular a construction that keeps the rain off. The two buildings are close to collapse ,and so it was decided to build a new elementary schoo l with a total of 10 rooms. This is only possible in collaboration with the sports goods company Deuter, which has already given a generous donation.

The laying of the corner stone for this project took place in July 2011. One part of the old school, which is not used at the moment, will be broken down and a new 2-storey building in the shape of an L will be built on this area.  The work is scheduled to begin in August 2011 after the rain period is over. We will keep you informed about the latest construction progresse.

During their visit to Nepal, the president of the NHB, Ralf Petschl and vice-executive, Manfred Lindner, both accompanied by their wives, convinced themselves of the progress at the construction site of the Shanti Nikunja School. The bare brickworks were nearly finished in less than five months. There will be 12 rooms on three floors, including ten classrooms for more than 400 primary school children. Learning conditions are still very miserable. However, this situation will change for the better in summer 2012, when the children will move into the new school building, which is partly built with the donations provided by Mrs Deuter.

The headmaster at the foundation stone ceremony
Meeting with the heads of the school member board
Old school building with the new one behind
Teachers and school member board
Construction progress at the first floor
In October the first foundation pillars erected
In October the first foundation pillars erected
One part of the old building been torn down
The old school building
From the left: Manfred Lindner, the headmaster, Sunil Shresta
Present situation in the classrooms
Present situation in the classrooms
Female pupils during the celebrations
Poster from the corner stone laying
The headmaster at the foundation stone ceremony
Overview over the construction site