Gairigaun, Kathmandu, Nepal
Our open learning environment and emphasis on holistic development (not on rhetoric and numeracy alone) enable students to develop what Howard Gardner calls 5 Minds for the Future: disciplined, synthesizing, creative, respectful and ethical.
The Disciplinary Mind
The mastery of major schools of thought, including science, mathematics, and history, and of at least one professional craft.
The Synthesizing Mind
The ability to integrate ideas from different disciplines or spheres into a coherent whole and to communicate that integration to others.
The Creating Mind
The capacity to uncover and clarify new problems, questions, and phenomena.
The Respectful Mind
Awareness of and appreciation for differences among human beings and human groups.
The Ethical Mind
Fulfillment of one’s responsibilities as a worker and as a citizen.
As it has been in all our endeavors, we build our school on the foundation of our core values:
- Honesty in work
- Sincerity in relationships
- Respect for self and others
- Responsibility for one’s actions
- Learning from mistakes
- Care for resources
- Adherence to regulations
- Questioning Spirit
Ace school would like to inspire and support other education entrepreneurs to bring about continual improvement in our schools and our education systems. We believe in working together with all educational institutions so that we can bring about a radical change in our education system so that it will have a positive impact in the overall development of our nation. We look forward to continual interaction and reviewing with other educational institutions. This will also equip youths to face the challenges of the world confidently.
Our curriculum is not limited to the national curriculum. Considering the fact that the present day world is changing rapidly and that it now has become a global village, we have integrated components of different curriculums from around the world. It is our responsibility to prepare the students to survive in any part of the world and hence limiting the curriculum would not help to serve this purpose.
The school has an open door policy where in the parents can come in and observe classes. We value everyone’s suggestions and try to implement to the best of our students also considering our ideals and values.
Our journey began in mid-2013 at the premise of Ace Institute of Management, with the initial planning phase and getting them executed. In April 2014, the school became a reality with 34 students on the first day of Ace School in Gyaneshwor, Kathmandu.
The first year, though challenging, was very fulfilling for all of us. We got to see children grow in every aspect to a great extent. The main reason was the multi-grade system whereby the children got to experience learning with others of different age. This helped them not to fear their weaknesses and encouraged them to move ahead in their strong subject areas. Enthusiastic team members and active children made it possible host several big functions like the Annual Sports Day and Annual Day. A great year it was where all of us enjoyed the learning and growing each day.
Having laid a strong foundation, we moved on to the second year with 65 children setting a higher mark of achievement for all. Just after two days of the new session, Mother Nature’s call the great earthquake hit us hard. Our lovely building experienced many cracks and it was difficult to convince the parents and children to run classes thereafter such a traumatic experience. Life had to move on, we decided to shift to our preschool premise ( Kamal Pokhari) and run the classes. It was not an easy job to get the children out of their fears and gear them towards academics. Here again, the multi-grade system where children learn to rely on each other and co-operate worked. It did not take them long to adjust to the new environment and they would readily accept the compromises that we needed to make due to space constraints. Amazingly, the children progressed to our satisfaction. Though we had to face challenges like dealing with fuel crisis and looking for a safe and open environment to run the school, it did not get diverted from working towards our goals. The school was still able to run classes and meet its set target.
From here on, it shall move on determined to achieve the goals and teach the students and make a positive difference in the world.