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The key challenge facing education in rural districts of Nepal is not building more schools but improving the education delivered, so children are equipped with the kind of education that changes lives.
This program aims to:
The Teacher Training and Quality Education program is conducted throughout the year and involves a series of workshops that include:
• Key Teacher Training: to train gifted teachers to train other teachers in the region
• Refresher Teacher Training: to provide additional training to teachers who have already attended the main teacher training workshops
• Primary Teacher Training: to provide initial training for inexperienced teachers who have only completed a rudimentary education
• Community Support Workshops: to ensure community involvement and support that is vital to the long term outcomes of the program
In the impoverished and remote regions of the Lower Solu Khumbu, there are very limited opportunities for children. With an appropriate education strategy that includes assistance for community support (which is vital for attendance), social cohesion and local involvement in schools, there is an inevitable increase in children regularly attending and remaining in school.
The TTQE program is run hand in hand with the local community partners and experienced volunteers, ensuring sustainable benefits and increased community support. This program is jointly led by a group of highly experienced teacher trainer co-ordinators, AHF in-country partners in Nepal and a small team of Australian and New Zealand volunteer teacher trainers.
The Australian Himalayan Foundation’s Teacher Training and Quality Education program (TTQE), which operates in one of the poorest regions of rural Nepal – the Lower Solu Khumbu, helps to ensure that all children have access to a primary education.
With the support of funding from the Footprints Network over the years, achievements include:
The program also includes support for Key Teacher Workshops designed to fast track the most able teachers so that they can eventually train other teachers – creating a truly sustainable program. The AHF has to date trained over 55 local teachers in the region who have now become teacher trainers themselves.