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Help address educational disadvantage in Nepal
£100 raised
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The UN’s 2015 Millennium Development Goals demand primary and secondary education for all. I have recently embarked on an intensive two-year teacher-training and leadership development programme with Teach First hoping to work towards this goal by tackling educational disadvantage in the UK. However, the UK is only one small part of the global picture: in developing countries, although more children are in school than ever before, capacity has not grown at the same rate as demand. As a result, teachers are faced with ever growing class sizes (having 50-80 students in a class is common, compared to 20-30 in the UK and US), though instruction often hasn't evolved accordingly.

UN 2015 Millennium Development Goals

In 2013, 72% of Nepalese children from the public school system failed their School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exmainations. This means that 335,912 children now do not have the same life opportunities as other children. The majority of public schools in Nepal are under-resourced and struggle to both recruit and retain teachers. In schools where the government has not allocated enough teachers, or in remote areas where teachers do not want to live, primary school teachers have to teach secondary level students. As a result, teachers are overburdened and the education of students appearing for the SLC is being compromised by teachers who are not qualified to adequately prepare them to excel in the board examination.

Thus, this summer I am travelling to Kathmandu, Nepal for four weeks on a fellowship with LRTT (Limited Resource Teacher Training), an organisation which facilitates inspirational teacher training in limited-resource contexts all over the world. As a team of 20 teachers (all are either current or former Teach First participants), we will be drawing on our own classroom experience and knowledge of current pedagogy to address the challenge of limited resources and large class sizes by training local teachers and Teach for Nepal participants to utilise peer-to-peer, pupil-led learning strategies, turning large class sizes from a barrier into an engine for learning (see here for more information By the end of each workshop local teachers will be well equipped to implement a range of proven strategies--ranging from differentiation to assessment for learning--in their own teaching.

A LRTT Workshop being delivered

Research shows that the quality of teaching has a bigger impact upon outcomes than any other factor within a school, making training great teachers the smartest, most high-leverage investment an education community can make. We will deliver the LRTT course to almost 200 local teachers in Kathmandu, which will impact on the education of over 15,000 children in Primary and Secondary Education in Nepal; training teachers rather than simply teaching local students ensures this project is sustainable and has a lasting impact. 

Our partner organisation, Teach for Nepal
I am hoping to raise £750 towards my costs (this will cover just under half the total cost of the trip). While I will be covering the costs of the flight, I am hoping to raise money to partly cover my food and accommodation costs (we will be staying in 'Teach for Nepal' dormitories), training and support, as well as a contribution to the total cost of the LRTT course.

Any donations—no matter how small--would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your support!


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