By: Rehema Namukose, Women Deliver
Education to any child, especially a girl, positively impacts their health, life, and community. Yet, many from the developing world still see it as a dream, and many who do have access have had a poor - quality education. The 11th EFA Global Monitoring Report reveals that access to education is not the only crisis – poor quality is holding back learning even for those who make it to school, limiting children’s cognitive outcomes as well as their ability to develop skills and broaden their intellectual capacity. Among other factors, a lack of well - trained teachers is one of the major causes of this.
Developing nations like Nepal have the lowest levels of quality education systems, and that is why the Global Fund for Women, Nepal Training of Teachers Program (NTTP), and Her Turn -The Girls Education and Empowerment Program have raised funds through Catapult to address this issue and also extend education to remote villages of Nepal, where girls between the ages of 10 and 14 are extremely susceptible to child marriage or sex slavery. The program aims to train teachers and empower girls through workshops in rural areas of Sindupolchowk and North Gorkha with little access to education. Despite challenges like political instability, the program has played an important role in empowering girls.
With funding support from the Catapult community and the Global Fund for Women, the program has trained 150 village teachers, and has conducted 400 Girl Empowerment Workshops since April 2013. Participants have learned about health and safety, and they have implemented small community projects. The training equips teachers with the “how to teach” and not the “what to teach” skills and practices which enable students to gain critical thinking and analysis skills that they can later apply to daily life.
The program reports that students enjoy classes more after their teachers have attended the trainings. This has boosted confidence levels, improved leadership skills, and self initiative among the girls as some share below:
"Before our teachers took the training, there was a lot of cramming for the exam and teachers only taught us from the book. Now they ask us questions to make sure we understand and they ask us what we think." Dolma Lama, Nawayug School
"Before the Her Turn workshop, I used to feel scared to do the things I love, like poetry. I now participate fearlessly in school activities. I just did a poetry workshop and read my poems in front of everyone. " Her Turn participant, 12.
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