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The Footprints Network funding is helping to improve the education of nearly 6000 children, 350 teachers in 59 schools in the Nele district, which is part of the Solu Khumbu region.
Unlike its more prosperous Sherpa communities that live beneath of the shadow of Everest, Sotang is in dire need of support. Educational facilities are basic with some schools accommodating over 100 children in one classroom, where teachers have little or no training and where children regard textbooks as a luxury. It is therefore not surprising that educational outcomes are among the lowest in Nepal.
Photo: One of the volunteer teacher trainers
Between November 2011 and December 2012, the following workshops were held
There have been significant ongoing challenges in improving the level of teacher training in rural communities. These include:
This report covers the first year of the 3-year quality education program in the Nele district (December 2011 to December 2012).
Activities in Nele provide part of an overall 9-year program in the Solu Khumbu region that affects over 30,000 children and nearly 1050 teachers in 207 schools that extend from the impoverished foothills to the base of Mt Everest.
The program intends to expand into the nearby district of Necha with in 2014 following the completion of the Nele program. However to ensure the sustainability of the program and improve educational standards further refresher training and key teacher training workshops will continue and further educational resources supplied to the Nele district.