Kopila Valley began as a children's home in 2008 for orphaned and abused children following Nepal's civil war. In 2010, Kopila Valley expanded to include a school serving nursery through 8th grade students, many of whom are the first in their family to receive an education. Coursework is based on the Nepali national curriculum and additionally incorporates other teaching practices in literature, art, poetry, theater, music, and sports that stress creativity and critical thinking. School faculty includes volunteers from the United States and the United Kingdom as well as teachers from Nepal and India. Students learn in both Nepali and English and additional small tutoring classes are available for students to strengthen these language skills or receive help in mathematics.
The Kopila Valley Children's Home & School both depends on and is very valuable for the surrounding community. In addition to helping build school infrastructure and wells, the community has access to library books and clean water.
In May 2013, the school graduated its first 8th grade class and has recently purchased land to build a secondary school for advancing students.
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CEI approaches in actionDeliveryStand-alone school/centerStudent supportSchool supportEnglish languageArt & MusicSports
Model details2010Not-for-profitComprehensive curriculumEnglish languageArt & MusicSportsLong-term projectFree service or product33050%50%
BeneficiariesOut-of-school childrenOrphans and vulnerable children
Kopila Valley receives 800 applications each year with space for only 330 students and selection depends on the child's level of need as well as the number of spaces available. Every year the nursery class admits between 25 and 30 students. Guardians bring in potential students and interview with a school team comprised of 2 to 3 teachers, 1 board member, 1 administrator, and 1 fellow. Determining a student's need often takes into consideration the following: low caste, single or double orphan, limited schooling options, and what kind of support system exists for the child. Staff then makes home visits for those considered to be high-need children before choosing the final students.
When spots are available in upper classes, the process is merit-based and candidates take the school's entrance exam. Top scoring students then interview with the same school committee and are ultimately selected based on demonstrated charisma, creativity, drive, and language abilities.
In addition to the students, Kopila Valley currently serves as a home for more than 40 children.
Since the initial founding of Kopila Valley in 2008 to provide care and protection for a few children, the organization has expanded to provide a home for more than 40 children and educational services for more than 300.
Kopila Valley has recently purchased additional land and construction of a high school is currently underway. In addition to providing secondary education, Kopila Valley hopes for this campus extension to also fuel the establishment of a vocational school, a women's center, a health clinic, and a playing field. In the future, Kopila Valley would consider partnering with the government to roll out model schools in other regions of the country.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
Kopila Valley monitors students' progress using a combination of Nepali and American test standards. During the 2012-2013 academic year, the 8th grade class participated for the first time in Nepal's district level examination (DLE). Kopila Valley has also recently developed a set of longitudinal tests in English and mathematics based on New Jersey state standards. It began tracking a small sample of 5 students (1 top achieving, 1 lower achieving and 3 randomly selected) from 1st through 9th grade and will test these same students twice annually.Standardized assessment performanceInternal assessment performanceStudent attendanceNo
Standardized Assessment Performance - Other | Kopila Valley's 8th grade students sat Nepal's district level examination (DLE) in 2012-2013 for the first time and all students scored within the top 10% nationwide. 50% of students scored in the top 1% nationwide.