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Teacher training & quality education, Himalaya Nepal , RUN BY: Australian Himalayan Foundation | STATUS: COMPLETED

This project is 100% Funded



AUD 25,003

Raised from 10,012 people

Project Overview

The funding received from the Footprints program from this period is integrated into our 3-year quality education program in the Nele district. In 2013 the program continued to form part of an ambitious program to improve the education of the vast Solu Khumbu region of Nepal with over 35,000 children and over 1700 teachers in 307 schools that extend from the impoverished foothills to the base of Mt Everest. 

The Footprints program is helping to improve the education of approx. 5500 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 up to 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. 

Program Objectives

  • Develop child-centred teacher training methods
  • Provide relevant and appropriate teaching materials and resources to schools
  • Increase teacher and student attendance, increase girls’ enrolment in schools, and reduce drop-out rates of children from schools
  • Promote mechanisms for reliable and fair annual assessment of student achievement
  • Ensure that the key teachers are selected and extra training given for their capacity building in classroom support and management


The following workshops were conducted between January 2013 and December 2013








Main training workshop

2nd year

24th Dec. 2012- 13rd Jan. 2013





In School Support

2nd year

18 Feb. -18 March. 2013


47 Schools

Child Protection Program

1st year

8-16 March, 2013





Refresher training workshop

2nd year

12-23 April 2013 &

13th to 18th July 2013





In School Support

2nd year

June 1st -14th 2013


60 Schools

Key teacher sharing meeting

1st year

21st -22nd June 2013





Community Orientation Program

3, 5 & 9 Year

26 Aug. -1 Oct. 2013

Garma, Sotang & Nele




Scholarship program Monitoring

1 year

17 Sept.-9 Oct. 2013

Mukli & Nele

16 schools


Key  and RPs Teacher Workshop


8-13 Dec. 2013

Khumbu, Sotang & Nele





There have been significant ongoing challenges in improving the level of teacher training in rural communities. These include: 

  • The commitments and skill of the teachers is often disappointing – simply put they have no idea how to teach 
  • The percentage of new untrained teachers being appointed.
  • Knowledge of subject content often very weak
  • Parents often don’t understand the value of education, and encourage students to work as porters, help in the fields, look after the children.
  • School Management Committees and parents and even headmasters often have a poor understanding of the role they can play in improving education standards in the school.
  • Lack of teacher learning materials
  • Lack of support for the poorest students.
  • Class sizes are incredibly high with small dark classrooms
  • Lack of Stationery for the children
  • Limited areas or facilities for the children for recreation. 

What we’ve achieved 

  • Improved teacher training as is evident by the workshops attended by nearly 300 teachers 
  • Access to more relevant and appropriate teaching material and resources - including regular supplies of textbooks and writing books to all schools in the district
  • Increased teacher and student attendance and girls’ enrolment and reduced student drop-out rates – with encouraging figures over the last two years
  • Improved understanding of quality student assessment by trained teachers and Government agencies - as is evident from the marked improvement of support by the district education offices 
  • Development of a team of education resource personnel and a Key Teachers Program to implement ongoing training and support activities – again encouraging signs with 58 outstanding teachers being selected for advanced training.  

Future plans

Activities in Nele provide part of an overall 12-year program in the Solu Khumbu region. Following the completion of the Nele district the program will continue in the Necha/Kerung districts in July 2014.  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. 

How was it this funded?

Thanks to hundreds of tiny donations from these online businesses and their customers.

World Nomads Canada
***World Nomads UK
Travel Insurance Direct NZ
Australian Himalayan Foundation

Over the years, thousands of travellers have visited the Himalaya. For many it is an opportunity to trek beneath the world's highest peaks and to appreciate some of the world's most hospitable cultures. Yet the Himalaya is not just a vast adventure playground. For the local communities it is anything but easy – with access to basic health and education services often out of reach.

Following in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary who was devoted to bringing education to the Sherpa people, the AHF is working in partnership with local communities to help the people of the Himalaya through improvements in health, education and conservation.

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