Balmandir Secondary School
Simikot Rural Municipality
Ward No. 5
When we think of a school, not only books, homework or getting tutored come to mind but also co-curricular, recreational, and creative activities. Akura, the child club based at Balmandir Secondary School had always wanted to organize an event for showcasing talents and having fun involving all students. They discussed their plan with their head teacher. He did not promise them anything right away.
As they say, where there is a will, there is a way, GNI Nepal initiated AWASAR in 2018. It was a dream come true for the club members. Under AWASAR, Akura organized quiz, essay writing, poetry, sprinting, spelling, drawing, computer skills test, and extempore speech competitions for grades 1-12.
Members of a local mothers’ group and Akura spread the word among the students, parents, and other members of their community. Eighty students took part in the competitions with great enthusiasm and three-hundred parents and adults made up the audience.
This program was the first of its kind organized by the club at the school. Good planning and preparation on their part rendered the program a big success. All students got a platform to showcase and get publicly recognized for their talents. This brought about happiness among students, parents, and teachers.
Team work, organizational skills, planning, self-discipline, and time management were some of the major learnings for the club members. Parents, local leaders, teachers, and students appreciated the club’s efforts in putting together such an event and urged them to continue it.