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Tertiary Education Opportunities

As I’m neither an educator nor particular familiar with scholarships, I cannot give you much of advice, but I recently came upon this WEB-site, where you can start: http://www.scholarshipportal.com/.

As your personal circumstances may not make a traditional full-time study possible or even feasible, there are several alternative options to pursue.

I would recommend you to take a careful look at distant learning or some form of hybrid / blended learning opportunities. You only have to invest in a reasonable data communication package, a laptop or tablet computer, time and of course your very own stamina.

You can find these online courses with keywords like:

  • MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses)
  • Open University
  • Online learning, distant learning or e-learning,

in a Google search.

Here are some web-sites with appropriate offers, even from Ivy League Universities:

Many of these platforms offer tuition free studies, or demand only a small fee, if a certificate is desired (mostly less than US $ 50). Mom at School may even consider to provide for such a fee for eligible cases.

For an explanation of “blended” learning, please visit: (https://www.distancelearningportal.com/articles/641/blended-learning-the-best-of-online-and-on-campus-university-education.html).

For the Apple users there is the excellent: “iTunes U”platform.

Additionally, I would like to recommend you to visit the Khan Academy WEB-site (https://khanacademy.org) to check the level of your skills and knowledge of your secondary education, or even sit for an international (US) SAT examination (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/find-test-centers), which offers a pathway to almost every university in the world.

Online learning might not (yet) been fully recognized in Bhutan, and there were some recent issues, but that might be only a question of time. Internationally it’s progressing strongly and already fully accepted in many countries, including in the developed (Western) world. Most important, however: “Nobody can take away your knowledge, no matter how acquired.”

I wish you all good luck with your perseverance to advance your knowledge.

Paul

More gifts.

Mom at School is happy to announce that it raised the amount of Nu 45,530 from 6 sponsors this August. Total donations for this year thus far stand at Nu 207,881 from 18 donors.

We thank all our benefactors for their kindness in supporting our underprivileged pupils: may God bless you.

As beloved Anna Frank once wrote: 

      “No one has ever become poor by giving.”

Sewing machine for Dungkar Primary School

Young children romp and sometimes fight, the result: bruises and ripped clothes. That’s why Mr. Tenzin Wangdi, principal of Dungkar Primary School, inquired if Mom at School could make a sewing machine available for the school, which would be very useful in repairing thorn clothing and so save on cost.

Mom at School’s loyal Dutch contributor Paul Buysrogge took the initiative to acquire one locally and send it, together with a wide assortment of accessories, to the Lhuense based school. The school can expect delivery in 10 to 20 days.

Mom at School hopes the school will make good use of the gift for the well-being of their pupils.

Young Brains, in Want of Means.

P.S.: Mom at School this month also received a total of Nu 18 K of donations from 4 generous sponsors. We are very grateful for their noble gifts and will make it work to bring relief to our poorest. We thank you for your altruism.

Mom at School would be deeply grateful for your donations at:

Mom at School’s affiliated schools

Mom at School is, through-out Bhutan, now established at 11 affiliated schools, where it this year thus far spent or committed, the amount of Nu 250 K on 46 needy students:

Mom at School‘s affiliated schools        Dzongkhag         # Pupils

  1. Chongzhu PS                                         Samtse                      1
  2. Chungkha PS                                         Chukha                     4
  3. Dungkar PS                                            Lhuentse                  3
  4. Gongpasingmal LSS                             Pema Gatshel          1
  5. Phuntsholing LSS                                 Chukha                     10
  6. RUB, CST, Phuentsholing                     Chukha                     1
  7. SherubGatshel LSS                               Samtse                      1
  8. Sonamgang MSS                                   Chukha                     22
  9. Younten Kuenjung HSS                       Chukha                     1
  10. Ziloen Namyelling LSS                      Thimphu                  1
  11. Zilukha PS                                            Thimphu                  1

 

Mom at School would be deeply grateful for your donations at:

There is, after all, no greater reward than:
           the grateful smile on the face of a child,
just grasping someone cares about its future.

Updated Student Budget template file

As the previous version of the Student Budget file caused some confusion, this updated version has been somewhat simplified and some cells locked to prevent accidental overwriting of formulas used for automatic calculations.

To download: Student-Budget Excel template file

Aiding 10 needy kids

On Tuesday, April 24, Mom at School brought necessary items to 10 underprivileged  pupils at Phuntsholing Lower Secondary School.

The bill of Nu 21,105 was picked up by the loveley ms. Dechen Pelden Legatsang now in NYC. She is a strong pillar in support of our Mom at School program.  We are grateful for her never ending backing. https://www.facebook.com/MomatSociety/posts/923852441129905

The Bhutan Broadcasting System also made a short announcement of the event:

 

New Mom at School member

The teaching staff of Phuentsholing Lower Secondary School, has decided to join the Mom at School program.

The staff has identified 7 children out of 18 nominees as especcially needy, deserving the support of Mom at School.

Mom at School provided the affiliate school with Nu 50 K as start money to get going.

We wish them good luck in their effort to bring relief to their most needy pupils.

Short 2018 Activity Report

2018 (Year-to-Date):

  • 1 student at GongpaSingma LSS                                                 Nu   3,020
  • 3 students in Dungkar PS, Lhuntse                                            Nu   9,000
  • 1 student in Zilukha MSS, Thimphu                                           Nu   2,680
  • 1 student in Ziloen Namgyelling LSS                                         Nu   6,000

Individuals (financial support):

  • 1 girl at RUB – CST for second semester,                                    Nu 17,000
  • 1 boy in Class XII , tuition fees and necessary school items  Nu 40,700, Younten Kuenjung HSS
  • and a 2nd half year commitment to these 2 students of        Nu 31,000

Total 2018 (YTD) spent & committed                                              Nu 109,400

Results 2018 (YTD): Mom at School Results 2018 (YTD)

In March Nu 50 K was transferred to the affiliate Mom at School program at Phuntsholing LSS of which Nu 21,105 was spent for

  • 10 students with necessary school items                                    Nu 21,105

As the tab for this spending was taken care of by the lovely ms. Dechen Pelden Legatsang (NYC), PLSS still has Nu 50 K in cash available.

So far Mom at School has at YTD still free available (uncommitted) funds of Nu 67,506 at its main Mom at School accounts and an unknown amount at the affiliate Sonamgang MSS account.

Mom at School is essentially a vehicle to redistribute 100 % of the gifts of the local community’s donations, without any shortage of cost.

Newspaper interviews with Mom’s ms Wangmo

After the Press Release, date 31-1-2018, several newspapers published on Mom at School.

Read the full Newspaper articles here:

The News items comprise several errors:

  • Ms Wangmo was supported by 30 teacher colleagues of Sonamgang Middle Secondary School raising the initial funding of Nu 14.7 K in 2015  .
  • Ms Wangmo’s age is quoted at the young side, but we will, in mutual gallantry, forgive!

Student Budget

The word of Mom at School is spreading all over the country, which, as a result we receive support requests every day.

There are countless initiatives from principals, teachers and concerned community members to help their underprivileged kids in a real commitment to their proper education. It’s always heart-warming to see such a noble dedication.

Mom at School, however, is not a general charity to battle poverty, but focussed on supporting pupils to continue their education and/or preventing them from dropping out of school due to their parent’s poverty. There are other institutions which might have a broader reach, but Mom at School is solely engaged in education as an extension of its teacher members. This is not meant to prohibit any charitable initiative of a broader focus: you are free to do as you please and we sure encourage all charities bringing relief to the needy.

At this moment, the Mom’s main strategy is, that the program should be as close as possible to these needy kids, carried by teachers, the local community and, not forgetting, these kids extended family members. This meaning: Mom at School wants to see a real effort of this circle of ‘stakeholders’, where Mom at School general funding will match their cash donations and/or ‘in kind’ gifts with an equal amount of funds. In this way it’s a win-win for everybody:’

  • “locals” see their donations doubled by an outside source, and
  • Mom at School’s extraneous contributors know that the local community is committing an equal amount “of their own for their own”.

Please be aware, that Mom at School’s ability to help is limited by the amount of funds raised, which is a continuing effort. We regret our limited potential, just as you might, and we call on everybody to donate. As the amazing Anne Frank once said: “No one has ever become poor by giving.”

To donate go: GoFundMe and be assured of our eternal gratitude.

To establish the needs and eligibility of underprivileged kids Mom at School has created a budget template to help applicants make their support request in a structured way, while helping Mom at School taking rational decisions. The Excel template file, including instructions, can be downloaded from: Student Budget