I believe education is absolutely key in helping young people escape the shackles of poverty and persecution that can limit their dreams. So eleven years ago I became a teacher, and the man that taught me how to be a good one was Pete Pattisson.
An astounding teacher himself, as well as a mentor and friend, Pete moved to Nepal four years ago and has since worked tirelessly with local teachers to help give children in the country a fantastic start in life through a great education. His initiative - the Collaborative Schools Network
- is expanding to three schools, and supporting more and more kids with positive, hopeful futures as they rebuild their lives in the shadow of the devestating earthquake of 2015.
It was a disaster which claimed nearly 9,000 lives. Half a million people lost their homes - many of whom attend the Network's schools. But while the situation for these students was getting worse, the quality of their schooling was getting much better.
That's because the Network adopt and manage struggling public schools and transform the quality of education they provide to some of Nepal's poorest children. Their first school, Jana Uddhar - featured in the video - has seen student enrolment has increased by 82%. It's a place where students are happy, safe and successful. The single biggest thing driving this turnaround has been the quality of the teaching, with Pete and his team employing a few outstanding teachers of their own to work alongside the schools' existing teachers. A monthly teacher's salary is just £205, or £2,460 for a full year.
Please give whatever you can towards this target. You'll be helping Pete and the Collaborative Schools Network employ more great teachers, revolutionise learning in more schools, and transform the lives and dreams of many more children in Nepal. I for one am right behind them.
Ben Hammond / Planet Prancer