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‘The only load a child should carry is their school bag’.
Children as young as 11 carry heavy loads for days at a time with no chance of availing themselves of the opportunities that education can offer. Our Quality Education program in one of the poorest regions of rural Nepal will help to ensure that all children have access to primary education.
This is the fifth 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 impoverished districts of Nele and Sotang that are in dire need of educational support. You can read past project and participant reports here.
Photo: Student from the village of Sotang, Lower Solu Khumbu
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:
The Quality Education program is conducted throughout the year and includes a series of workshops that include
Specifically, the project funded through The Footprints Network, will contribute to the Teacher Training workshops that ensure the provision of child friendly education to primary schools in some of the most disadvantaged regions of Nepal.
The Solu Khumbu region comprises of five districts – the Khumbu (Everest region), and the more impoverished regions Sotang, Nele, Necha and Kerung to the south - see map below.
In the impoverished and remote regions of Solu Khumbu there are very limited opportunities for children. With an appropriate education strategy that includes support for community support - vital for attendance), social cohesion and local involvement in schools - there is every likelihood that there will be an increase in the children regularly attending and remaining in school.
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
Australian teachers (and other nationalities) can participate as volunteer trainers of key Teachers as well as helping with general teacher training.
You can visit some of the 307 schools involved, on specific occasions as a member of an AHF support trek (coordinated by World Expeditions), subject to availability and timings.