On April 6, 2013, JILAF held a school management meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, for the nine informal schools that it operates in that country in cooperation with the Nepal Trade Union Congress Independent (NTUC-I). About 40 teachers and school administrators participated in the meeting.
At present there are 450 pupils attending the nine informal schools in Nepal, which in fiscal 2013 are entering the final year of a three-year system.1 The children are studying hard with the aim of transferring to public schools. In the school management meeting, discussions took place on such issues as how to build the foundations and strengthen instruction so that the children have an even better environment for studying in their final year. The NTUC-I headquarters, NTUC-I branches, teachers, and other related persons reaffirmed their commitment to tackle with the school management in unison.
In addition, the teacher training was held from April 7 to 9, at which the district Non-formal Education Center2 gave lectures on teaching methods for five subjects (Nepalese, English, science, social studies, and arithmetic), and the informal school teachers conducted class demonstrations.
Noting the teachers’ enthusiasm for the training, the instructor remarked, “I have conducted teacher training many times, but this is the first time for me to meet such positive and enthusiastic teachers as you.” One teacher commented affirmatively, “The training was extremely easy to understand and well planned. I am sure it will be very useful in teaching the children from now on.”
The children will take tests in April 2014 to decide whether they can transfer to public schools. All of the related persons vowed to make further efforts so that as many children as possible can continue their studies in public schools.
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||Sat||School management meeting|
|04/07||Sun||Teacher training (Day 1)|
|04/08||Mon||Teacher training (Day 2)|
|04/09||Tue||Teacher training (Day 3)|