Rural Camp 2020

Promoting knowledge and learning beyond classroom, ‘Rural Camp 2020’ was organized from 14-17 February 2020 by School of Social Sciences, Thames International College. ‘Rural Camp 2020’ was organized with an objective to learn, study and experience rural economy including rural entrepreneurship (homestay), rural social infrastructures (education and transportation) and micro- finance (cooperative). 24 third semester students of Bachelors of Social Work and Sociology took part in the camp hosted in Taple-2, Gorkha.

3 weeks prior to the event, students initiated fund raising activities in college premises, Boudha selling tea/ coffee and also coordinated with local Lions Club to collect NPR 17,000 and stationery items. The fund was mobilized to provide much needed white boards and board markers in Madrasa Hanfiya Razawiya Primary School and Shree Baag Bhairav School to replace traditional blackboards that have been for a while a grave health concerns for many students and teachers.

After arriving in Gorkha bazaar, students embarked on 4 hours hike passing through historic Gorkha Palace, witnessing magnificent Manaslu Himal range and reached Taple-2 to settle in homestay for the evening. Experiencing rural way of living, the students assisted host families to prepare meal in firewood using locally produced fresh vegetables in their backyard. In the morning of first day, they participated in local cooperative meeting and interacted with the locals learning about the changes brought by cooperatives in their lives. After hearty local meal, they hiked for an hour to the source to study about water supply system in the village. In the evening, they were invited and were part of ‘Chhewaar’ and ‘Gunyo cholo’ experiencing rich cultures of local Magar community.

In the morning of third day, the students hike for half day carrying whiteboards for distribution in two local schools of Taple where they spent some time interacting with school management committee and students.