The education system in Nepal has had little if no attention paid to the quality of teaching. The School Leaving Certificate (SLC) does not provide any preparation for life, such as by teaching practical skills or numeracy, and is merely a test of rote memory.
Watching the teaching methods is an eye-opening experience. Children are not taught how to apply a skill or calculate an answer, but merely learn the answer by heart. The classroom seems more of a military environment, and children drop out and work at home rather than complete their education.
We are very keen to ensure quality is achieved by all our development projects in Nepal. We concentrate on introducing improved teaching methods, and have teamed up with other charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the Department of Education, and the Teaching Union of Nepal to develop a teacher training programme.
Our programme is a train-the-trainer model. Teachers are selected to attend the training and then spend time passing the skills back to colleagues in their individual schools. We support the groups for three years, and this includes the original teacher training programme, refresher courses, monthly support group meetings, on-site back-up coaching and educational materials.
We have also collaborated with other organisations in Nepal to develop a comprehensive teacher training package. The main partners with this project have been Save the Children and Child Workers In Nepal (CWIN).
Roles of the partners
Save the Children
- Training materials, development and production (child-friendly teaching)
- Programme design
- Research and specific policy development
- Funding of teacher training project element of programme
CWIN / local district NGO
- Implementation at grass roots
- Local charity officers to organise logistics
The child-friendly school training delivers a three-pronged approach to improving the school environment which recognises that school success is not only based on teachers skills, but also community and parent engagement, as well as child-centred activities:
- Teacher training: techniques for active teaching and learning;
- Community empowerment by encouraging their involvement in school management, committees and parent-teacher associations;
- Child clubs to give children responsibility and a forum to discuss their personal development.