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ACS Egham International School wins prestigious award


ACS Egham International School has recently won the ‘Outstanding Contribution for International Understanding’ Award by the Independent Schools Association (ISA).

The ISA Annual Awards recognises and celebrates the successes of its member schools. ACS Egham’s entry for the award presented Project Nepal, the school’s humanitarian project, created in 2014.

Since the Project’s start, there have been two successful 14-day expeditions to Nepal. In Spring 2015, 38 students travelled to Shree Mahendra Primary School, in the eastern corner of the Kathmandu Valley, assisting with teaching and helping to renovate the school. The 2016 expedition saw 31 students travelling to Shree Jana Bhawana Primary School, in Panchkal. Once the project work had been completed, the students undertook a 60-kilometre hike over three days; a challenge demanding commitment, selflessness and maturity.

Raising awareness and fundraising for the Project is a year-round school effort. To date, the ACS community has funded and implemented a computer lab; a library; a variety of classroom structures; an after-school club; playground equipment; school stationery; a shower block; and a football field. Student teams have also assisted with lessons for over 100 Nepalese children. Most recently, ACS Egham purchased 78 winterization packs for students and staff at the Shree Mahendra Primary School, which included equipment and materials to protect against the extreme cold weather.

In 2016, Project Nepal partnered with HANDS (Health and Nutrition in Developing Societies), which has employed three full-time Nepali staff which supports the nutritional needs of the entire community.

Jeremy Lewis, Head of ACS Egham, commented:

“We are delighted to have won this award, receiving recognition for Project Nepal, which has had a profound impact on our whole school community. It provides our students with the opportunity to make a sustainable difference, to develop emotionally, and to build relationships with the Nepali community.

“Plans are well underway for the 2017 expedition, in which students will return to Shree Jana Bhawana Primary School to build new structures to increase enrolment at the school. We have already collected books, shoes and clothing to take on next year’s expedition.”

Published: December 5 2016

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