Druk Padma Karpo School provides quality education in an exceptional learning environment for girls and boys (aged 3 to 16 years) living in the remote Himalayan region of Ladakh, North India. The school took its first intake in September 2001 and now has nearly 750 students with 40% living on campus in purpose built accommodation.
The school draws from a wide catchment area within the Leh valley region and offers residential facilities to local families as well as children from remote areas for whom opportunity and life choices are often limited and quality education is unavailable.
Many of Druk Padma Karpo School’s students are first generation learners who now have the opportunity to study through to matriculation exams, at age 16, and then progress to higher education and even college or university. Through the delivery of a carefully tailored and relevant curriculum our students can make considered choices about their future and the lives and careers they wish to follow. They can also acquire expertise to bring back to family villages and, in the long term, help keep these communities alive.
Students are encouraged to excel in a broad range of academic subjects and to attain high standards in examinations enabling them, as Indian citizens, to engage fully in local and national opportunities. Alongside academic pursuits, the school also equips students with skills for life in Ladakh: students are encouraged to take part in co-curricular activities such as sports, archery, and ‘culture days’ when students learn about and practise Ladakhi cooking, art, textiles, history and dance, helping to keep culture and traditions meaningful and alive.
In March 2015 the school saw its third group of Year 10 students matriculate and this time achieve a 100% pass rate. Over the last three years the number of students passing their final exams has slowly increased from 94% in 2013 to the current 100%. The school’s reputation for excellent standards and high achievers is growing!
Special events, quizzes, exhibitions and sporting events are regularly held at the school and Druk Padma Karpo students competing in similar local and national competitions have won many prizes.
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The student council is now in its seventh year and enables students to play a more active role in decision making around school and hostel life. Elections take place once a year.
Teacher Training sessions take place during both the winter and summer breaks, in the form of workshops and residential courses. There are weekly training sessions during term time to follow up on initiatives and ideas inspired from these courses. The school has fostered links with a leading edge school in Delhi which helps support these training programmes.
With fundraising for our capital construction project almost complete, it is now essential that the school’s educational development programme take root and come to fruition. Please consider helping by making a donation towards the following:
Each academic year a new group of young students join Druk Padma Karpo School. Some start in the Nursery and due to demand others join in classes further up the school. There is always an urgent need to take in children from remote areas, where existing educational facilities are poor or non-existent. These children’s parents are often restricted to subsistence crop growing and /or herding goats and sheep to make a living. Life for rural farmers and nomads is very tough, with winter being particularly difficult as temperatures plummet and heavy snows make it almost impossible to keep livestock alive. Having experienced such hardship these families are desperate to provide their children with a good education and the chance to create a better future for themselves.
We always have several children and their families eagerly hoping and waiting for a secure future at the Druk Padma Karpo School.