USA-Nepal Community Outreach Network (UNCON) in collaboration with GK Foundation, Chitwan, recently established a new Computer Lab at Himalaya Lower Secondary School, Jagritichowk, Bharatpur. The Lab is now equipped with three brand new computers and is named as UNCON Youth Computer Lab. Sixty percent of the total cost of the three computers was provided by UNCON and the remaining forty percent was subsidized by GK Foundation. The cost of the fixtures, furniture, wall paintings, and floorings of the Computer Lab are paid by UNCON and GK Foundation, as well.
The School Management Committee organized a formal inauguration program of the UNCON Youth Computer Lab on October 25th and handed over the state of the art Computer Lab to the school management. UNCON General Secretary Mr. Batuk R. Bista and Patron of GK Foundation Mr. Gyan Raj Bista jointly handed over the key of the Computer Lab and other documents to the Chairman of the School Management Committee Mr. Khadga Bahadur KC. The two hours long program was facilitated by School Principal Mr. Nahendra Khadka and Chaired by School Management Committee Chairman Mr. Khadga Bahadur KC
Patrons, Advisors and Board of Directors of GK Foundation, UNCON’s Nepal Representative Mr. Dinanath Neupane, Associate Professor of Tribhuvan University Dr. Sudarshan Silwal, Social Worker Mr. Basu R. Bista, and some of the Local Community Leaders were present in the program. All the School Management Committee Members also attended the program; however, due to the Dashain holiday break many students were not able to participate in the program.
During the program, Community Leaders and School Management Committee Members spoke about the importance of IT Education in this modern world and explained how the Computer Lab can be of immense help in students’ educational advancement. The School Management Committee Members and the School Principal assured for the proper utilization of the Lab so that more students could benefit by its uses. They also expressed their sincere thanks to UNCON and GK Foundation for the generous support to the school and requested for continued support in future.
General Secretary of UNCON Mr. Batuk R. Bista expressed his views about the information technology environment in today’s competitive world and explained how the recently established UNCON Youth Computer Lab can add values in the students’ technical knowledge and overall learning process. He advised the school management and the teaching staffs for the proper and efficient utilization of the Computer Lab. He further praised the roles that the UNCON’s Youth Team had played in raising money to establish this Computer Lab and thanked all the members of the UNCON Youth Team: Sambridhi Paudyal, Sweta Gautam, Shraddha Bista, Ami Lamsal, Siman L. Shrestha, Vibhuti Panta, Swikriti Paudyal, Kritika Gautam, Anshu Bhattarai, Reema Sharma, Surabi Thapa, Kritika Panta, Anish Bhattarai, Animesh Siwakoti, and Ekta Upadhyay.
This project is a pilot project and may be expanded in the future, depending on the performance and improvement of the students. To ensure effective utilization of the Lab, UNCON’s Nepal Representative and Members of GK Foundation will work with School Management Committee and School Staffs and provide periodic report to UNCON.