A new gathering room for Jhamtse Gatsal staff, teachers, volunteers and guests has been nicknamed the Royal Gatsal Club. This is one of five rooms in a building, which is now being constructed primarily by the staff and children of Jhamtse Gatsal, under the guidance of two local masons. It will be a large but modest room, and will fill a great need. The staff and teachers have never before had a place where they could gather informally for conversation, fun and relaxation. They are very excited about having a room where they can come together in their (very limited) free time.
We hope that having a comfortable and welcoming space will strengthen this geographically isolated community, help maintain good morale amongst the staff and teachers and ease the loneliness and isolation that all of them can sometimes feel.
Other rooms in the building, for which funds have been generously donated by the local politician from Lumla, will be offices for the Director, School Principal and Accountant/Secretary, and a Teachers’ Resource Room. Prior to this time, Gen Lobsang, the Managing Director, Principal and Accountant/Secretary have all shared a room in one of the classroom buildings, which was also used by the teachers for printing and duplicating class materials and exams. The teachers have never had a resource room where educational supplies and additional curriculum support books and materials could be housed, and where there was good table space and lighting, as well as internet access, where they could develop lesson plans and prepare instructional materials.
In addition to providing space that will enable Jhamtse Gatsal to be more efficient, more effective, and more of a community, the new building frees up one classroom that will immediately be used for another class of children. The school now has classes for kindergarten through eighth grade.
The building project is part of the experiential learning for the children. All are engaged in different aspects of the construction, according to their ages.
Please see pictures of the first stage of construction in this article.