Creating better learning opportunities through better classroom practices
Taplejung, Makwanpur, Dhankuta
Drop Out- A Serious Issue
According to the most recent census, there are still more than 1.1 million children in Nepal who have never attended school. In addition, many children who begin school have to drop out, making retention a very serious issue. Only 35% of children who begin primary school actually complete it. The picture with regards to the quality of education at many schools is equally bleak: for example, in Grade 8, only 49% of students pass Social Studies, 48% Nepali and 43% Mathematics. (Department of Education, 2011).
Better Classrooms, Better Learning
Within this context, GAN has been working with partners the British Council and the Pahar Tryst to implement Better Classrooms Better Learning (BCBL), a programme where the underlying philosophy is that better learning opportunities can be created through better classroom practices. To achieve this, GAN has supported the development of teaching and learning in community schools in unreached areas.
The Three Key Focal Areas
The three key focal areas of the BCBL programme are as follows:
Supporting the improvement of teachers' classroom performance, helping them to develop the skills and knowledge required to be good teachers.
Developing the capacity of local government "resource persons" (local education trainers) and headteachers to cascade the learning to the teachers in the schools.
Decreasing the prevalence of issues connected to high drop our rates, such as poor learning outcomes, corporal punishment, inappropriate teaching methodology, teacher absenteeism and so on.
"Working collaboratively is a major pay of the BCBL methodology"
Supporting Out of School Children
Teachers Clinics are a major component of this project. They are composed of three major sections, namely:
Individual teacher's performance observation, follow up and individual feedback;
Reflection - fortnightly group workshops to discuss and share successful activities, challenges, dealing with problems incurred during teaching learning process
Input, including making additional teaching learning materials, innovative inputs in child-friendly pedagogy and other issues related to classroom teaching.
Working with and through Civil Society Organizations
"I have participated in a lot of teacher training sessions organized by the district education office and also facilitated different training sessions for the teachers. Before participating in the training, I used to say that now the teachers are trained and no more training is required to enhance their capacity. Despite all these previous efforts, the knowledge was not applied in the classroom. I realized that something was still missing. But this training is very practical and easy to implement in the classroom. I also found that, after training, teachers are using their skills gained from the training." Govinda Prasad Chaulagain Resource Person, Makwanpur
“I used to feel very sad as I could not teach in Chepang language for most of the students in my school, where students are from Chepang ethnicity. Now after participating in GAN’s BCBL training I feel easy in classes which has helped me to teach my student using interactive and activity based methods. It’s being easy to run classes as I don’t have to talk more, and students are also learning with fun and improving their leaning”. Aanand Chaudari - Headteacher, Shree Praja Bikash P. S. Makawanpur
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