Phugmoche- a school in the mountains of Nepal
Phugmoche is a boarding school for the children of the Sherpa farmers, situated above 9800 ft in the north of Nepal, close to the tibetan border. The school was built near a tiny monastery on a huge rock, right under the towering slopes of northern Solu Valley. It lodges and feeds 70 children. About 40 day scholars from the neighbouring settlements attend school. Together with the boarders they receive a snack at lunch time. Besides teaching all the subjects of the Nepalese curriculum, Phugmoche School also preserves the Sherpa traditions based on Buddhist religion which the ancestors of the Sherpa once brought from eastern Tibet. Boys also have the opportunity of opting for the religious vocation. Only ten years ago, girls' education was not regarded as necessary. Today, 50 % of the students are girls.