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The teacher-training program focuses on training 20 key primary school teachers a year to become teacher trainers to then work in a broader Teacher training program covering the Solu Khumbu region.
The key teacher training program is the first and most essential part of a much larger educational initiative being rolled out each year across this Himalayan Region by the Australian Himalayan Foundation.
When the program is completed, the newly trained teachers will then, with an Australian Himalayan Foundation co-ordinator and volunteers ( Australian teachers), run further training courses for about 200 teachers in the 65 primary schools in the Solu Khumbu region (close to Mt.Everest), benefiting a total of 3,900 children. The 20 key teachers will continue to supervise, mentor and train, through courses and visits to schools.
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 will also facilitate significant increases in community support, social cohesion and local involvement in the schools.
Better education will in turn increase their job and economic prospects and community leadership and income-gaining skills.
The AHF project team will be 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 Nepali trainers. In addition, UNICEF are also sending 10 key teachers from 3 poorer districts in the West of Nepal to share in the training held in in Salleri and take back learnings to their own districts.