Tashi Waldorf School
Tashi in Tibetan means "all that is good". Tashi Waldorf School began its tenth school year in May 2009 with a nursery, three kindergartens and classes one, two and three. The school currently caters to 110 children.
Nepal is home to a wide variety of ethnic and tribal groups. In recent years Kathmandu has become an urban melting pot, reflecting the rich diversity of the nation. In accordance with Tashi Waldorf School's commitment to fostering an open and inclusive environment, its children and staff come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.
Though culturally diverse, the majority of the children attending Tashi Waldorf School come from disadvantaged homes. Their parents work as carpet weavers, construction labourers, and in other menial jobs. Many of the families have migrated from rural areas in search of a better life. Employment opportunities are scarce for those possessing little to no training or skills, and families are forced to live on the margins of society in poor conditions.
Tashi Waldorf School is committed to providing child-centered culturally relevant education for its children. In the colorful, stimulating, and safe environment of the kindergartens and early grades, the children receive a wonderful educational foundation. They are given the freedom to play, discover, and develop naturally without stress or pressure.
Tashi Waldorf School uses a curriculum which integrates the principles of Waldorf (Rudolf Steiner) education with the culture and traditions of the Himalayan region to create an educational experience that is meaningful and relevant for the children.
The kindergarten curriculum includes story time, circle time, action songs, rhymes, and traditional arts and crafts. The grade curriculum includes main lessons in Nepalese, math, form drawing, and nature studies. The rest of the day includes additional subjects such as painting, movement, handicrafts, physical education, music and singing, English as an additional language and Tibetan as a second language.
Each day the children receive a multivitamin supplement, nutritious snack and lunch, as well as medical, dental and vision care and clothing as needed.