Established in 2015 by the Nepalese Community Society of Calgary (NCSC) Nepali Pathshala aims to preserve and transfer Nepali language, culture, and literature to new generations. Since its inception, Mrs. Shama Upadhyay has been actively involved and contributed as the Principal educator till 2018. Her expertise in teaching the Nepali language to students is noteworthy. The success of Nepali Pathshala to date is the combined efforts of teachers, volunteers, students, parents, NCSC Executive members, and the Pathshala Board of Directors. At present, Mrs. Shradha Rupakheti is serving as the Principal since the academic year 2021-22.
The objective of Nepali Pathshala is to provide Nepali language learning opportunities to Nepalese children residing in Calgary. To enable them to write, read and speak in the Nepali language. Further, Nepali Pathshala aims to protect and transfer Nepalese culture and values to the younger generations.
Nepali Pathshala runs three classes starting September every Sunday for two hours in an annually contracted community space provided by the 1000 voice, Genesis Centre. The classes are in-person but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the current method of instruction is online using the Zoom platform from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM every Sunday. Classes run in three cohorts based on students’ understanding of Nepali language and culture: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Currently, there are 4 classes (Level 1, 2,3, and Blended class) running with a total of 82 students enrolled. Nepali Pathshala School follows the public-school calendar which runs from September to June and closes during July, August, during the summer and Christmas holidays. Further, classes are closed on Sundays of the long weekend holidays.