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Our project is very simple;To help provide a quality education for underprivileged children that helps them shape a better world and build a more sustainable future, self-dependence, success, and a happy life. In fact, part of our dream is that by helping a great number of children, these children will one day, in turn, start to help other children in similar situations.

Most of the children at the Moonlight School come from the streets or from orphanages, they have never been educated and their parents and relatives are illiterate. If there wasn’t a Moonlight School or the kind support of sponsors, most of the children would be living in the streets or in slums, many becoming addicted to glue, smoke, or suffer health problems such as malnourishment. 

What the Moonlight School can achieve and offer its children, thanks to its team’s determination, the collaboration of the school staff and most importantly thanks to donations from sponsors, is impressive and inspiring. The school provides the severely disadvantaged children of Kathmandu with an escape route from the rough conditions of poverty: education, a safe, healthy, and clean environment, and constructive human relationships provide foundations for each child to build a better future and inspires them to help others in similar conditions in future.

It is a fact that education enlightens and enriches the human spirit and that it helps us to face future challenges. So, the Moonlight Foundation Nepal and Moonlight School is forever dedicated to making children’s lives meaningful with the help of education.

Our teaching methods

We have been teaching the children according to the national curriculum of the Educational Association of Nepal. In the curriculum, the children must study English, Nepali, Science, Math, Social and General Knowledge as well as creative lessons like Computing, Music, Art and Drawing

As the children have progressed through their studies learning materials have become increasingly difficult. Our students have worked hard at their studies to meet this challenge and to ensure that they maintain strong grades. Teaching methods have also been modified for the older students to be more study-focused. We continue to be happy with the enthusiasm and performance of our teaching staff and have noticed that the positivity displayed by our teachers is being reflected by our student’s, with children competing to be the "first one" to class.

Our teaching and learning activities continue to focus on active learning and child participation, rather than rote learning. This way of teaching has proven very helpful for the holistic development of the Moonlight Children. We have also made it a part of our long-term goals to ensure that our students are well prepared for the Secondary Education Examination (SEE). The SEE is a nation-wide exam that is completed at the end of class 10 and following this exam student can proceed to higher education at a college or university level. The SEE exam is very important for the children's future and the Moonlight School is putting into place a series of procedures to ensure that our students can achieve their full potential in this task. 

It is also very good that the children learn that they must study hard to be a strong students and stand first by competing with their friends. The school organizes a prize distribution program for first, second, third and so on, so the children's target becomes being first in their subjects and being an obedient and conscientious student. This structure encourages the children to improve as a cohort, thus improving the average level and guiding them to come to school regularly and follow the teachers. 

A school report is given to all the parents that contains information about the behavioral pattern of the student which helps the teachers and parents to make early changes to ensure that the student moves forward in their life in the right direction.

Along with teaching, we are also very conscious about discipline. We have rules when the children enter the school: they must love the younger, respect the older as well as teachers and visitors. The children are very polite and are under the school's discipline. Additionally, we teach the children to follow this discipline wherever they are, be it at home, traveling, visiting friends and relatives house or in public places, etc. We arrange parents meeting every end of month to evaluate the children's activities outside and inside the school. Both teachers and parents take feedback from children's activities in the school and at home to determine together if they are acting out of discipline and not paying attention at school or home.

Moreover, our teaching and learning activities continue to focus on active learning and child participation, rather than rote learning. This way of teaching has proven very helpful for the holistic development of Moonlight Children.

School grade at Moonlight School

The Moonlight School provides education to students from Nursery to Fifth Grade. The resources required to educate students in Sixth Grade and above are more expensive and specialized. Teachers with specific qualifications need to be employed and additional equipment and instruments must be purchased for subjects such as science and mathematics. The Moonlight School does not currently have these resources in place. However, once a child has graduated from Moonlight they can be sponsored (if it is necessary) to attend a reputable private school in order to continue their education

What makes the Moonlight Foundation so special


Free Education for Impoverished Children
All children at the Moonlight School come from highly impoverished families. Some of the children are orphans, while others were found working in garment factories or in slum settlements in Kathmandu. Many come from families where drug and/or alcohol addiction is a serious issue. Every single child at the MFN School would not receive an education without the support of the Moonlight Foundation. Private schools are commonplace in Kathmandu. However, many of these schools charge high student fees and are, as a result, beyond the financial reach of many families. Education provided at the Moonlight School is entirely free. Students are provided with free uniforms, shoes, textbooks, and other learning materials – as well as a daily meal. Where needed, students are also provided with medical and disability support.


A Dedicated Team of Hard Working Staff
The Moonlight Foundation and school are made up of a small team of hard-working individuals that live within Kathmandu and have a deep understanding of Nepal’s socio-cultural particularities. Teaching staff at the Moonlight School all receive a lower salary (sometimes around 50% less) than they could negotiate at private schools and willingly work longer days. The School’s founder and the management team work on a volunteer basis. Yet, despite these financial sacrifices, the quality of education at the Moonlight School remains above national averages.


Student-Focused Learning
In contrast to Nepal’s public education system, which offers only four subjects (maths, science, English, and Nepali) until Grade 5 and just two electives in senior years, the Moonlight School teaches its students all national curriculum electives (computer literacy, art, music, and dancing) from Grade 1. By offering such a holistic curriculum to the students from such a young age, the Moonlight School has been able to cultivate student passions and talents and to ensure that its educational curriculum remains both informative and enjoyable. Furthermore, while most private schools have 45 students per class (and public schools as many as 80 students per class) the Moonlight School limits its class numbers to 20 students.


Gender Equality
Gender inequality is a serious concern in Nepal, where women experience high maternal mortality rates, higher unemployment rates, domestic violence, and weak political representation. Women are particularly disadvantaged in regards to access to education – as is evidenced in the 23 percent gap in adult literacy between males and females (adult literacy is 53 percent for women and 76 percent for men). The Moonlight Foundation is deeply committed to promoting gender equality across both staff and student numbers. Seven of the school’s eight teachers are females and approximately 60 percent of students are girls.

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