Rosy Lama is a natural born educator. Her enthusiasm for children is positively electric. If anyone is destined for a particular calling, it’s her.
As the principal of the original Santi School Project school in Ramche, Nepal, she helped turn a sleepy village without a school into a community that was deeply invested in their children’s education. Now, with a newly minted Master’s degree, she coordinates teacher training programs for the Santi School Project. They focus on Early Childhood Development and English training courses that are empowering a generation of teachers in Lalitpur.
Santi School teacher training is far from the standard instruction in Nepal. It integrates art, music and hands-on learning exercises into the government curriculum to help make school more engaging and successful for elementary age students.
Because resources are sparse for many teachers, Rosy goes to extraordinary lengths to transform common materials (what many might consider to be trash) into creative learning opportunities.
A discarded egg carton magically becomes a mouse in a lesson about animals. A catchy song helps students associate the names of fruits and veggies with colors. For Rosy, it’s all about unleashing the teachers’ creativity so their excitement for education travels like a current through the classroom and sparks the interest of the students, who take that enthusiasm for learning home to their families.
The result is a school that is seen as a valuable option for the community’s children and becomes a central part of community life. But Rosy’s story teaches another more subtle but equally important lesson; an educated woman can change the world.