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This project will cover

The training of a group of approx 160 to 180 local teachers, from about 65 schools in this remote region by Australian Himalayan Foundation volunteers (Australian teachers) and the AHF coordinator (also a teacher).

This will directly improve teaching and learning levels, and improve retention rates and the education of nearly 4,000 kids in the region’s schools.

The project builds on the success of the first Key Teacher Training project supported by Footprints fundraising.

Educational improvements through Teacher Training

The Teacher Training program greatly improves teaching and learning levels and the rates of retention and transition into secondary school, thus improving the opportunities for kids in this impoverished and remote Himalayan region. It also:

* Teaches child psychology and an understanding of how students learn. Teaching practices will promote higher-order critical and creative thinking to actively engage learners.

* Helps greatly to ease the severe shortage of trained teachers in all subjects

* Is run in conjunction with the local communities and experienced volunteers, ensuring sustainable benefits and increased community support.

Part of a larger project

Footprints has already funded the first part of this large project – the Key Teacher Training where 20 key primary school teachers to become teacher trainers themselves.

The success of that project has now allowed this second and central part of the cost-effective educational initiative to be rolled out.

Educational issues in the Himalaya Region

In the impoverished and remote communities of the Solukhumbu, there are very limited future opportunities for kids. With highly unsatisfactory learning outcomes and retention rates, teacher education is the most effective way to increase student participation, achievement, and retention in schools. It also facilitates significant increases in community support (vital for attendance and retention rates), social cohesion and local involvement in the schools. Better education in turn increases their job and economic prospects and community leadership and income-gaining skills, and greatly assists community well-being.

Community Involvement

The AHF project team is led by a teacher training coordinator who is highly experienced in this profession and region, a group of Australian volunteer teacher trainers and the strong local support of local Nepali teacher trainers. All teachers trained are from the local communities.

Other ways to get involved

Australian (and others) who are qualified teachers can participate as volunteer trainers of Key Teachers, and of other local teachers.

Can I visit this project?

You can also support the project and visit the schools through joining The Everest Sherpa Trails trip, an AHF fundraising trip run by World Expeditions and lead by mountaineer, author and AusHF director Lincoln Hall.

Departing Kathmandu 21 October - 04 November 2007

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