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Project report

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

This project is 100% Funded



AUD 9,120

Raised from 3,325 people

The Australian Himalayan Foundation 2006 phase Key Teacher Training project in the Solu Khumbu region of Nepal was completed, highly successfully, in December 2006, with the invaluable support of the donors to the Footprints program.

Under the program, the AHF coordinator, Jim Strang, and the two volunteer teacher trainers, Ruth Luthi and Jeanine Gibby, and other trainers, trained 16 key teachers (to be teacher trainers and on-going mentors themselves) for the subsequent Refresher Training workshops and follow-up work throughout 2007.


The Key Teacher Training - “trainer training” – program, which then lead to the training of more than 200 teachers from over 70 primary schools in this remote and very poor region, greatly improves and extends – through better teaching and learning – the education of more than 4,000 students.

Specifically, the Key Teacher course was again vital in providing on-going local capacity to train, mentor and supervise teachers, through courses and on-going monitoring and mentoring visits to schools.


This year, several specific outcomes were:

  • Teambuilding, leadership, use of teaching materials and strategies, demonstration lesson guidelines, and “checklist and feedback” training were all conducted.
  • Children from local schools visited and enabled Key teachers to practice various skills and new teaching strategies introduced during the training, so they can better train teachers.

Other items included;

  • Problem-solving
  • Adult learning principles
  • In-school support activities
  • And child-centred methodologies.


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 Sept 2007)

How was it this funded?

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

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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.

Giving to the AHF is an opportunity to give something back.