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A Scottish Tale of Inspiration
In 2017, a teacher from Scotland called Lucy Spark went to Nepal. She was inspired by what she saw at one of the schools IYH supports in Gorkha and this story is the result.
Here is the story from Lucy about Gorkha school in Nepal and Kingsbarns school in Fife, Scotland.
"Last year, I had a year out of teaching in my tiny Primary School in Fife and travelled to Nepal. After some great trekking among the Himalayan giants, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit Gorkha Primary School. I was made very welcome by Head Teacher Mira and some of her pupils. Mira welcomed me into her home and showed me around the newly re-built school. I was struck by the positive attitude of Mira and the enthusiasm and clear pride that the pupils had for their new school. My visit made me realise how lucky the children and teachers are in Scotland to have so many resources and opportunities. The teachers in Gorkha do an amazing job with very limited resources. When I returned home, I was keen to share my experiences with my class of P4-7 children and think about how we could help Gorkha Primary. After seeing my photos and hearing the stories, they were very keen to help too, hence the jumble sale."
Here is what Lucy had to say about the fundraising event:
"The children in Kingsbarns Primary wanted to raise money for Gorkha Primary after seeing photos and hearing about their teacher's visit to meet Mira and some of her pupils. The Primary 6/7 children decided to organise a jumble sale. They collected plenty of jumble and looked after their stalls very enthusiastically on the day. The event raised £150. Well done P6/7!
They learned a great deal from organising it and hopefully they appreciate how lucky they are to be at school in Scotland."
Thanks to Lucy and of course the children and Head Teacher at Kingsbarns Primary School. There are under 30 children there so this was a brilliant effort.