It’s not what you are thinking!
We haven’t been married 25 years but it was the 25th Anniversary of Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC). KISC is the school that our children started on Tuesday. It aims “to provide quality education, primarily for the Christian mission community and Nepali national teachers, based on the sovereignty of Christ”.
Over the latter part of the week there was a programme to celebrate the school’s 25 years of service in Nepal. It commenced with a communion service on Thursday evening, celebrating the past and rejoicing in the future. KISC Founder, Alan McIlhenny, who is from Northern Ireland, returned and gave a presentation of the foundation and original vision of KISC. It started with 4 pupils at secondary level, a disused building and no money. It now has 180 primary and secondary pupils and an EQUIP programme, which works in rural schools to support and train Nepali teachers.
The current CEO of KISC, Judith Ellis, who outlined the vision for the future, emphasised the need for improving education in Nepal and worldwide and the concern and well-being of the whole person – “we are not just coke bottles being filled with knowledge but we have an emotional and spiritual side”.
On Friday after the ‘Whole School Assembly’ there was the Formal Programme with many dignitaries and speeches.
Dr Tirtha Thapa (Head of HDCS – owner of KISC), with the 25th Anniversary Banner in the background.
Some of the attendees!
Alan and Margaret McIlhenny unveiling a specially commissioned painting to mark the celebrations.
The weekend of celebration was concluded with a fun day out to the Godavari Village Resort – it was billed as a time of fun, games, swimming and celebrating, concluding with a dinner. It was a great day out and even a mid-afternoon monsoon thunder storm failed to quell the craic.
Over its 25 year history, KISC has had no permanent home and has had to move 5 times. Part of the vision for the future of KISC is that they will be able to firstly purchase land and then construct a purpose built school. They would also like to expand by building a Teacher Training College that would serve people in all parts of Nepal.