About The School

The school provides accommodation and education to girls from impoverished families living in the remote highlands of Upper Mustang on the border with Tibet and of nearby Buddhist Himalayan regions.

The educational system of Upper Mustang Nepal has as its foundation the Buddhist doctrine and, with rare exceptions, there are no other schools outside of the monasteries and religious communities.

The nunnery school was built with a capacity to accommodate 50 girls.  It’s located in a serene and spacious setting near Thinggar village in Upper Mustang at an altitude of 4.050 m., the new school building meets the needs of this growing spiritual/educational community.  It includes several classrooms, a meditation hall, dormitories, library, a kitchen and dining hall, storage room, office, proper toilets and bathrooms as well as rooms for the teachers and administrative staff.  The elder students help to care for the youngsters and for the school and help with cooking, gardening, cleaning and the teaching programme.

The children’s age varies from the youngest being 5 and the oldest being 18.

When we opened in August 2012, there were classes from LKG (Lower Kindergarten) which is first level to class 3.  Currently, the District Education Office has granted permission for schooling up to grade 7 as governmental policy requires at least 20 students in classes 6 or 7 to licence the school to offer higher education to grade 10.  This may change in future and if not the students can transfer to schools in India for further study in designated Nunnery Colleges or University.

Each year number of students has increased and we’ve already tripled in size with classes from first level to level 7, so teachers have also to increase pro rata as more classes are offered.  Classes are taught by six full time paid teachers.  We fund other additional employed staff including: a cook, housekeeper and 2 other assistants.

The students receive a full government school curriculum as well as 3 languages – Tibetan, Nepali and English.   Buddhist ritual activities and Buddhist instruments such as gongs, cymbals, trumpet etc. are also learned.

In October 2016 during the winter  school programme in Pokhara the girls and staff moved into a new permanent winter school building and have grow way beyond initial projections to 51 girls coming from different villages and remote regions of Nepal, the most recent 5 girls admitted in May 2017 as we begin the new summer term in Upper Mustang.