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Teacher Training Program, Himalaya Nepal , RUN BY: Australian Himalayan Foundation | STATUS: COMPLETED

Teachers on the training course

This project is 100% Funded



AUD 13,805

Raised from 5,177 people


Building on the success of the first Key Teacher Training project supported by Footprints fundraising, this phase enabled the training of more than 200 teachers from over 70 primary schools in this remote and very poor region. It aimed to greatly improve and extend – through better teaching and learning – the education of more than 4,000 students.


Word of the course’s success and its great results in schools has spread so fast that for next year’s (2007-8) Key Teacher-Refresher training courses, we expect to get many more “Key Teachers”; and more than 300 Nepalis being trained as teachers.

Ruth Luthi, AHF volunteer teacher trainer, said of the Teacher Training course:

“Even in the past two years of the training I have noticed changes in teachers, schools and classrooms. For young and un-trained teachers, the program facilitates not only learning about strategies for teaching but also creates a forum for Nepali teachers to share their knowledge and experience. Teachers that return to the training are noticeably more confident and comfortable, and certainly eager to extend their skills. Likewise, as the Key Teachers have more clearly defined their roles during the Key Teacher Training, their participation in training and assisting their colleagues has grown and strengthened. For the children of the region the classrooms are moving away from the more traditional from fixed desks and drills to more child centred activities. It is has been an ongoing process, and the Program still needs time for these changes to continue and expand.

The partnership of the dynamic local Nepali NGO, REED ensures that these programs have local ownership and that volunteers understand the Nepali context. These are both extremely valuable aspects of the program."

The coordinator of the Program, Jim Strang, has reported from Nepal that the program this year was “very successful” and emphasised the strong need to continue the program for at least another three years to develop a strong local support base, with on-going training and in-school support for Key Teachers to enable this to continue.

(Update posted 12 September, 2007)

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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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