In the remote, mountain villages of Nepal the communities receive little or no education. The charity, Mountain Trust, have set out to change this.
& 39;Radio Guru& 39; is a short documentary that will look at how the broadcasting of educational lessons through FM radio is providing new educational oppourtunities for these rural communties.
We will be traveling to Nepal in late February 2012, and spending 2 months within the country.
We truly believe in this wonderful radio project & by making this film we can raise both awareness & support for the project & the charity.
The money we raise here will go directly towards the costs of hiring equipment. It will also provide us with funds to pay the various people that will kindly be working alongside us in Nepal. Whether that be translators or guides, it would be great to pay them something for the work they do.
We will be paying for all our own flights, internal transport and living costs to ensure that your donations will find their way on to the screen.
Your funds will allow us to bring this film to life & really make a difference to the people it features. We thank you so much in advance for anything you may be able to donate.
Nepal is a place of magnificent beauty & ancient culture. With the Himalayas as a backdrop, this landlocked country has quite the romantic image.
It is however one of the worlds poorest countries with 40% of its population living in poverty. Around two thirds of female adults & one third of male adults are illiterate.
There are large, unfair differences between the privately funded schools & the government run schools, and this, combined with bad transport & infrastructure between the cities & the remote rural villages means that not all Nepalese children have an equal shot at an education.
The film highlights the plight of Nepal’s rural communities but investigates a new approach to eventually providing all children & adults with a quality education.
Radio Guru is a project set up by the charity, Mountain Trust. It has broadcast, through FM radio, educational lessons to over 44,000 students this year.
This new approach to education aims to overcome the obstacles that restrict Nepalese children & adults from attending school.
By providing villages or homes with transistor radios it allows communities to tune in & hear educational broadcasts. They have access to the best teaching, free, for the first time.
We will meet the people of the rural mountain communities & examine the educational options that are currently on offer.
We will visit Annapurna FM Radio in Pokhara (Western Nepal) & meet with the creators of Radio Guru & the teachers whose lessons are broadcasted daily.
Radio Guru allows top quality educational content to reach children of both primary & secondary levels.
In the future it plans to introduce adult education along the lines of environmental awareness, healthcare & safer motherhood.
Radio Guru eventually aim to broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This film will support them in their goal.