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This is the third year of our Quality Education program and builds on the previous years of successful grassroots education projects that Footprints have funded. This far reaching program extends educational opportunities well beyond the more assisted upper Solu Khumbu region in the vicinity of Mt Everest and focuses on the more impoverished region of Sotang that is in dire need of educational support. You can read past project and participant reports here.

The project will cover:

* The training of at least 380 schoolteachers in the Sotang region by the AHF program coordinator and in-country teacher training partners in Nepal

* The program includes teacher training and community based workshops 

* Additionally, the project will supply much needed materials and resources to the schools

Educational improvements

The Quality Education program is closely aligned to the U.N Millennium Development Goal 2 (MDG 2) that all primary school children should have access to full time education. We aim to do this by:

* Developing child-centred teacher training methods

* Providing relevant and appropriate teaching resources

* Increasing teacher and child attendance and girls’ enrolment in schools and reducing drop out rates for children in schools

* Enhancing community support for schools by improving the relevance and desirability of education practices for the children in poor rural communities

The program schedule

The Quality Education program is conducted throughout the year with

  • 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

The Footprints project will provide funding for the Primary teacher workshops in Sotang. The remaining funds to support the rest of the program are provided by other donations

The 2010/11 Teacher Training program is an integral part of our expanded Quality Education program, a major cost-effective initiative undertaken by the Australian Himalayan Foundation.

Educational issues in this region of Nepal

The Solu Khumbu region comprises of three districts – the Khumbu (Everest) region, Sotang to the southeast and Nele and Necha to the southwest.

In the impoverished and remote regions of Solu Khumbu there are very limited opportunities for children. With poor learning outcomes and retention rates, teacher education is the most effective way to combat this.  With appropriate teaching methods there is every likelihood that there will be an increase student participation and retention in schools. It also facilitates significant increases in community support (vital for attendance), social cohesion and local involvement in schools.

Better education in turn increases their employment prospects as well as contributing to community well-being.

Community Involvement

The Quality Education program is run in conjunction with the local community and experienced volunteers, ensuring sustainable benefits and increased community support.

The AHF program is jointly led by a highly experienced teacher training coordinator and our in-country partners in Nepal together with a small team of Australian volunteer teacher trainers

Other ways to get involved with this project:

Australian teachers (and other nationalities) can participate as volunteer trainers of key Teachers as well as helping with general teacher training.

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