JUMLA — Celebration of festivals has its own religious and cultural significance. But the people of Topla Tamti of Tatopani Rural Municipality-8 this year celebrated Tihar, the second greatest festival of the Nepalis, for a different cause apart from its usual cultural and religious significance.
They played the deusi-bhailo, one of the attractions of the festival, for the educational purpose. They have collected over Rs 2.5 million to operate the plus two level classes at a local school.
The funds will be spent to upgrade the Kalika Secondary School based in the remote area of Topla Tamti, Jumla to a higher secondary education facility, according to local community leader Man Bahadur Shahi.
The school is not getting support from the District Education Office and even from the Rural Municipality Office to run the plus two classes, and students here have no way except to leaving the locality to pursue higher education.
Deusi Bhailo coordination committee coordinator Jeevan Shahi said they decided to make self initiations to upgrade the school for the convenience of their children through the management of funds at the community level. The school has hired six teachers who are paid by the local community.
But the collections were beyond their expectations. People donated open heartedly during the deusi bhailo played for a noble cause, said Shahi who himself donated Rs 111 thousands to the programme. One local Dhan Bahadur Shahi contributed Rs 113 thousands to the deusi bhailo programme.
School Principal Man Bahadur Shahi said people made not only cash offering but livestock and blankets to the school where 442 students are enrolled. The blankets and livestock would be sold for cash which will go to the fund for running plus two level classes. RSS