Connecting ICS and SMD – Shirley Blair Speaks to Parents

We welcomed a special guest to the PA Conversations with the Leadership Team this morning: Shirley Blair, the Director of Shree Mangal Dvip School (SMD) in Kathmandu.

Connecting ICS and SMD – Shirley Blair Speaks to ParentsInterested ICS parents gathered in the Treffpunkt this morning to meet Shirley Blair and hear more about SMD, our partnership school in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”, Shirley spoke about the nearly 600 Nepalese students who now call SMD home, describing the hardships that the students must overcome before they finally arrive in Kathmandu and join the SMD family. Students from remote mountain villages in Nepal are 100% supported at the school from the day they arrive until the day they graduate.  

Shirley also spoke about the ICS involvement with the Nepalese Scholarship Fund and thanked the ICS community for opening their hearts and their homes to the 20 Nepalese students who have attended grades 11 and 12 at ICS since 2008. After graduating from ICS, these students have gone on to study at universities in Canada, the U.S., Finland and China, and many have returned to Nepal to give back to their country and serve in its best interests.

Currently, three SMD students are studying at ICS: two Grade 12 students will graduate this year and one is a Grade 11 student. Shirley and Mary-Lyn Campbell, ICS Head of School, emphasized the importance of the connection between our schools, highlighting the continuous support and unwavering commitment that ICS host families have shown in hosting Nepalese students in their homes over the years.

Everyone connected with the Nepalese scholarship students at ICS agrees that an enormous amount of caring and kindness emanates from them and that working with them is extremely rewarding. As Mrs Campbell said, they are, “brave, courageous and resilient”, and as a former host mother stated during this morning’s get-together, “They have made everything we thought was important trivial!”

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