Besides imparting academic lessons on regular subjects, Ramechhap's Manthali Secondary School is also providing extra knowledge to its pupils.

With a view to providing practical knowledge to its students along with theoretical knowledge, the school has started providing knowledge about goat farming as well as vegetable farming to students of grades VI, VII and VIII.

"We've started the novel practice by utilising the fund provided by the government for model schools. Its motive is to attract students towards commercial vegetable farming and goat farming," said Principal Tanka Prasad Dahal.

"We hope that the blend of practical and theoretical knowledge gained by students at the school will encourage them to be involved in such activities at home too, which will also help in income generation and at least cover their educational expenses," said the principal, adding that the kids were also helping their parents at home.

The school is aspiring to be a model school by adhering to the standards set by the government. "Besides goat farming, we are also cultivating vegetables by constructing tunnels," said the school's educational department chief Chandrasingh Dhami.

The school has around 2,000 students, most of them girls.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 23 2021, of The Himalayan Times.