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The Australian Himalayan Foundation’s (AHF) first Teacher Training and Quality Education (TTQE) Program was inspired by the work of Sir Edmund Hillary that has benefited the Khumbu district of Nepal, near Everest, since 1961.
Nepal faces large disparities in literacy rates between urban and rural areas. In addition, teachers in rural Nepal receive little or no training and regularly resort to basic rote-learning methods.
Without access to a quality education, children in remote communities like the Everest region of Nepal remain deprived of the life skills and knowledge gained from education and are more likely to remain trapped in the cycle of poverty. In response to this need, the AHF's flagship TTQE Program is helping to ensure that all children have access to a quality education that can lift them out of poverty.
The heart of the TTQE program remains in providing better opportunities in life for children in the remote Himalayan mountains through quality, inclusive education. As such, the program continues its long running efforts in Nepal by up-skilling teachers, strengthening school governance, providing educational resources and empowering children, women, parents and school committees.
The long-term objective of the TTQE program is to help over 42,000 children and 1700 teachers in over 300 schools in remote, rural areas.
The TTQE Program piloted the development of ‘Namuna’ or model schools and early grades literacy improvement; and in the past year, the project reported a dramatic increase in learning achievement in Nepali in the pilot schools by 12.5% above the district average of 59.2%. As a part of the program, the AHF also supported Nepalese partner, REED Nepal, to carry out the gender and disability inclusion analysis for this project.
The following outcomes were achieved in 2017/18:
The project costs support AHF’s community partner REED in Nepal to travel to the Everest region to provide training and in-school support to the teachers and schools in the Solukhumbu region. This involves:
Accredited by the Nepalese Government’s National Centre for Education Development and implemented in coordination with the Ministry of Education, AHF’s Teacher Training and Quality Education program is recognised as one of the most comprehensive education programs in Nepal.
TTQE is implemented on the ground by the AHF’s Nepalese NGO partner REED Nepal with the technical support from the AHF in program design, management, monitoring and evaluation.
Monitoring and evaluation systems target underperforming schools and closely monitor teachers to encourage better outcomes through in-school support, which continues to be an effective means of supporting implementation of the training. Trainers from REED visit the schools in remote communities to observe the training in-school and provide valuable feedback and ongoing support.
The Australian Himalayan Foundation is a registered charitable organisation, a member of the Australian Council for International Development and accredited by the official Australian Aid program (DFAT).
The TTQE program now operates in every single district and reaches every single school in the lower Solukhumbu or Everest region. This achievement is part of a fifteen-year vision the AHF has for the region – one aimed squarely at improving the quality of and the access to a life changing education. As a part of TTQE, we piloted the development of ‘Namuna’ or model schools. These schools are already reporting increased motivation and accountability of teachers and school committees.
An early grades literacy program in Nepali language commenced in 8 schools. Training to teachers on literacy improvement was supplemented by appropriate learning materials and intensive follow up. This resulted in a dramatic increase in the average learning achievement in Nepali language.
This represents the next phase of delivery for the TTQE program following on from a previous Footprints Network project: Provide Teacher Training and Quality Education in Nepal. The model schools and literacy improvement will be expanded to more schools in the next year.