The Learning Center of Kathmandu (TLC)’s origins date back to 2006, when several members of the Godavari Alumni Association (GAA) of St. Xavier’s Godavari high school in Kathmandu formed a Thamel-based Education Society focused on coaching students for the School Leaving Certification (SLC) in Nepal. In the same year, the Society adopted the Partners in Education (PIE) tutoring scheme originally developed by St. Xavier's college in Kathmandu to help underprivileged students from poorly performing government schools pass the SLC. In February 2009, TLC registered with the Nepali government as a stand-alone organization, and moved to new premises in Nayaa Bazaar. A year later, TLC relocated to Sanepa, before finally moving to its current location in Kumaripati in 2012. Besides supporting PIE tutorials, we have added two more projects to our portfolio: CARE (Continuing and Remedial Education) classes aimed at illiterate women and migrant workers in Kathmandu, and Back-To-School, a program designed to support talented school drop-outs in their effort to resume their education.

Over the years, more than 2500 students have attended our PIE tutorials while approximately 1000 women have benefited from CARE classes offered in Kathmandu. We have sponsored 21 students in our back-to-school program, of which 7 have already completed their education

 

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Since its inception, TLC has remained a small-scale organization with an annual budget of approximately $20 000 raised from private donors based in Italy, USA, the UK and locally. The office is staffed by 5 full-time employees, whose work has been aided by several volunteers from USA, England, Spain and other countries. Over the years, more than 2500 students have attended our PIE tutorials while approximately 1000 women have benefited from CARE classes offered in Kathmandu. We have sponsored 21 students in our back-to-school program, of which 7 have already completed their education. Thanks to the generous donation of a computer lab from the Mexican NGO Ranchofeliz in 2007, we have also been able to offer computer classes to hundreds of students.

 

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Since our beginnings in 2006, we have supported PIE tutorials in five different sites. In our Thamel site (2006-2010), we worked with Shanti Vidhya Griha Higher Secondary School in Lainchour, Shanti Shikshya School in Thamel, Kanya Mandir School in Jyatha, Prabhat Ma. Vi. in Asonand and Siddhi Ganesh School in Sohrakhutte. In our second site, Kirtipur (2007-2009), we partnered with Baghbhairab Ma. Vi. and Kirtipur Ma. Vi. in Kirtiput and Shree Adinath Secondary School in Chovar. In our third site, Baniyataar (2007-2009), we worked with Jalupa Secondary School, Gongabu, Baniyatar, as well as with Mansing Dharma Higher Secondary School and Manamaiju Secondary School in Manamaiju. In Jhapa (2010-2013), we worked with various schools in Deonnia and Maheshpur. Currently, we are supporting PIE in Panauti in partnership with Sharada Madhyamik Secondary School, Shree Kalika Secondary School, and Shree Shakeshwori Maha Laxmi.

 

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Our work has been enhanced through several partnerships. The organization FAO has provided seed funding for our back-to-school program, followed by annual donations by I Colori Del Mondo. In 2013, we started two additional partnerships. First, with Mission Himalaya, a Nepali-based non-profit sponsoring an orphanage and an ecofarm in Panauti, with whose help we established a PIE site in this community. Second, we signed a fiscal sponsorship agreement with Kids of Kathmandu, a USA-based NGO that is helping us with fundraising and channeling funds to Nepal in support of our education work.