Posted: 9th April 2020

Through these challenging times a sense of community is key and with this in mind we were delighted to receive an update this week from our sister school, Jana Jyoti in Nepal. 

Currently, Nepal like so many other countries is in lockdown and has cases of the Coronavirus. Jana Jyoti Secondary School has been closed for several weeks following their end of year exams, with its teachers leaving to be with their families.

During this time the school site has been repurposed as a forty bed hospital and will remain as such until the lockdown is lifted. Many students used to walk 1-2 hours to get to school and there are no medical facilities in the immediate area so using the school site as a hospital is a welcome addition. 

It’s great to hear that Jana Jyoti School is able to help their local community in this way and that their space can be used for those in need. We send our best wishes to the pupils there and their families and look forward to receiving further updates. 

Leweston’s connection with Jana Jyoti School started over thirty years ago when, then member of staff, Liz Rutter came across the school whilst in the country. Since then, Leweston’s pupils have carried out fundraising events to raise funds for the School and have been on trips to visit. 

Last October a group of Year 10 and 11 students flew out and learned about the developments since our relationship started, met students at the school, and trekked the mountains. To read more about their trip and view photographs from their time there click here.  

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