Rebuilding schools Nepal has no paid staff, we are all volunteers

Helen Woodward

Co-founder of RSN


Helen is and Independent Education Consultant with a background in education and children’s services at local, regional and national levels. She has worked in schools, lectured in Early Childhood Studies, programme led school leadership and coaching programmes for the University of Manchester and most recently as School Improvement Lead at the National College of Teaching and Leadership, Department for Education. 

Her commitment to co-found Rebuilding Schools Nepal in 2015 followed meeting with the Headteacher of Antrastriya Yuba Barsa school whilst trekking in the Sailung Valley.

Rafik Iddin

Co-founder of RSN


Rafik has 25 years experience with Children and Families Social Work up to and including the post of Assistant Director for Specialist Services and Safeguarding. He has held senior posts in Quality Assurance, Child Protection Conferencing and Review, Managing Disabled Children's Services and Youth Offending. 

Rafik now leads an Independent Social Work Consultancy business enabling him to support Rebuilding Schools Nepal alongside his professional work.

Mike Tonge

Executive Director of Prestolee Multi Academy Trust


Mike Tonge is the Executive Director of Prestolee Multi Academy Trust and Primary Academy and Chair of the Greater Manchester Teaching School Network.  Mike’s experience within the Education sector as both a Senior Leader and an Educational Consultant has enabled him to develop a clear philosophy – that every child who does not receive a first class education receives a second class one. The commitment and fundraising of the Trust to supporting Rebuilding Schools has so far provided for stationary in 2016 for all the children at Antarastriya Secondary school and brings a powerful international link for the whole school community to engage with.

The Project

Antarastriya Yuba Barsa School is situated in a rural farming area in the mid hills of the Himalayas. Communication with the headteacher Kamal Bikram is mostly by text, supported by email exchange when he visits Kathmandu, roads permitting. The local community are largely sustenance farmers. Villages range from as few as 80 people to 250. There is electricity but it is sometimes off for day. There is no internet connection.

Rebuilding Schools Nepal aim to provide secondary education for children from 5 villages (Taar, Pundi, Magar Darga, Tamang Darga, Chherpa,  Tek Singh and others Pangchet & Kafle) in the Ramechhap District of Nepal serving a population of 3200. The school provides secondary education for children from 3 primary schools. There are currently 120 on roll at the school. School is not compulsory in Nepal and we hope to encourage attendance from the 150 children in the district to begin coming to school too.

Children complete their School Leaving Certificate (SLC) when they are 15 years old. The current pass rate is 30%. RSN aim to see an increase in this pass rate. Currently children can only access +2s (similar to A levels) if their parents can pay for them to travel and live in Kathmandu which is a 6 hour drive away. For many families in this area who are sustenance farmers this is unaffordable. Most children are not able to access higher education and professions as a consequence.

Prior to the earthquake the school had 6 classrooms for children 10 – 15 years and 2 classrooms with a flat roof and plans for 2 more classrooms for +2s. The 6 classrooms have now been demolished following the earthquake.

Our partners

Rebuilding Schools Nepal

Love Nepal UK have a strong track record of building schools in the area. With their on the ground expertise the priorities are clear and resources delivered directly to the school.

You can link to the Love Nepal website here

Our slideshow

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