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ACS Egham International School Wins Prestigious Award


ACS Egham celebrates success at the Awards Ceremony

ACS Egham International School has recently won the Outstanding Contribution for International Understanding Award from the Independent Schools Association (ISA). The ISA Annual Awards recognise and celebrate its member schools’ successes. ACS Egham’s entry for the award presented Project Nepal, the school’s humanitarian project that was established in 2014.

Since the Project’s start, there have been two successful fourteenday expeditions to Nepal. In Spring 2015 thirty-eight students travelled to Shree Mahendra Primary School in the eastern corner of the Kathmandu Valley where they assisted with teaching and renovating the school. The 2016 expedition saw thirty-one students travelling to Shree Jana Bhawana Primary School in Panchkal. Once the project work had been completed, the students undertook a sixty-kilometre hike over three days—a challenge demanding commitment, selflessness and maturity.


ACS Egham students on the 2016 trip

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 afterschool club, playground equipment, school stationery, a shower block, and a football field. Student teams also have assisted with lessons for over one hundred Nepalese children. Most recently, ACS Egham purchased seventy-eight winterization packs for students and staff at the Shree Mahendra Primary School, which included equipment and materials to protect against the extreme cold.

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

Jeremy Lewis, Head of ACS Egham, said, “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.”

For parents interested in learning more about the community work, the four International Baccalaureate programmes on offer, and the welcoming international community at ACS Egham, the school is holding open days in Spring 2017.

Published in ISS NewsLinks: Volume XXXII Number 2

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