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Teaching to Learn Nepal

Child-centred primary teaching for better literacy and numeracy in remote Jumla and Jajarkot 

Often, education projects request more of something – such as funding, books, equipment, classrooms and teachers. These are certainly needed, yet providing all that is required will take many years, great expense and strong governance. In the meantime, we must ensure that those children in school today are not left out.

Teacher teaches children the alphabet at Bal Mandir School in Nepal VSO/Peter Caton

Teacher Dika Bhandar at Bal Mandir School in Nepal. A VSO volunteer has supported teachers at the school to make lessons more interactive.

The EU-funded Teaching to Learn project demonstrates how much can be achieved to improve children’s education when we make full use of existing resources.

The project targets grade 1-3 literacy and numeracy of 3,145 marginalised children in Jajarkot and Jumla districts, along with the skills of their teachers.

We want to ensure that when teachers teach, children can really learn. It is a simple idea, yet in practice few teachers in Nepal are trained to teach at a level appropriate to their pupils’ real needs, or to adapt their teaching to the children’s learning.

The project coaches teachers to gain and apply improved skills, including how to develop no-cost resources to help bring their teaching to life. It also works with school managers, education governors and community members to promote a learning culture in schools and communities, and to train them to support this process ongoing.