In the past, education was expensive and only accessible to a small number of students, mostly from wealthy and higher caste families. Shree Chandrodaya School (Benighat and Bishaltar) was established in 1960 and was the only educational institution in the area. Then the importance of education became more widely recognized and number of students increase in Bishaltar school even from far distance like Charaudi and other villages.
When the Prithivi Highway was built in 1975, it destroyed the old trail that led to Chandrodaya in Bishaltar, causing students from Charaudi Bazaar and the surrounding area to walk along the busy highway to get to school. This was dangerous for young children, who had to walk about 2 kilometers along the highway to reach the school. In response to this issue, the community in Charaudi Bazaar felt the need of a primary school in their village. However, it was not easy to establish and sustain a school in the area. With the help of donations from the community and volunteer labor, they were able to establish a small school in 1980, which they called Budhi Bikash Primary School. The school is located just below the Prithivi Highway, at the bank of the Trishuli River and Charaudi Khola.
In 1980, Budhi Bikash Basic School was officially recognized by the Government of Nepal and received a small grant from the District Education Office of Dhading. However, the grant provided by the government was not sufficient to cover the cost of teachers and school materials, so the villagers had to continue to collect revenue from local contributions, NGO aid, and other sources.
The school has received scholastic support from COYON and Hanuman Onlus since 2006. In 2012, the school community requested for assistance in constructing a new building to replace the old and vulnerable one. Recognizing the need for a new facility, we have accepted the request and began construction on a new building in mid-2014. The building, which features 5 classrooms, 1 office, and a room for Early Childhood Development (ECD) classes, was completed in March 2015 and was jointly inaugurated on 14 April 2015, by the president of Hanuman Onlus and COYON.
Budhi Bikash Basic School serves a diverse student population, including those from low-income and lower social status families and the Chepang community. The school strives to make education affordable and accessible to all members of the community, regardless of their socio-economic status. Thus, the new building is expected to improve the quality of education and provide a more suitable learning environment for the students at Buddho Bikash Basic School.
Since our envolvement in this school at early 2012,
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