On Wednesday, April 6 the Nepal Trade Union Congress (NTUC) and JILAF held a school management meeting in Kathmandu for the nine informal schools that they operate in Nepal. A total of 43 teachers and school administrators attended.
At present the NTUC/JILAF informal schools, which were launched in 1996, operate a three-year system,1 and fiscal 2016 is the final year for the 450 pupils currently studying at the nine schools. At the end of the fiscal year the children will take exams with the aim of transferring to public schools.
In the school management meeting, the participants shared information on the achievements and problems of school management in fiscal 2015 and, looking forward to the start of final-year school management in May, reaffirmed their determination to work together to improve the abilities of pupils by further facilitating information sharing and coordination among JILAF, the NTUC headquarters and branches, teachers, and other related parties.
After the school management meeting, teacher training was held for two days on Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8 with the purpose of improving the classroom skills of teachers at the nine schools. Speakers from the Non-formal Education Center2 gave lectures on final-year teaching methods for five subjects (Nepalese, English, science, social studies, and arithmetic) and the building of a study-friendly environment, and the participants also engaged in role playing imagining actual classes.
1 Every child attends school for three years.
2 Established in 1999 under the Nepalese Ministry of Education, the Non-formal Education Center is a government-run organization promoting literacy and informal education. It seeks to improve the quality of life of the people and realize a literate society that can contribute to construction of the nation. At present the center not only promotes literacy education but also implements such projects as adult education, open learning, and correspondence education.
|04/06||Wed||School management meeting|
|04/07||Thu||Teacher training (day 1)|
|04/08||Fri||Teacher training (day 2)|