Education in Nepal was long based on home-schooling and gurukulas.The first formal school, established in 1853, was intended for the elite. The birth of Nepalese democracy in 1951 opened its classrooms to a more diverse population. Education in Nepal from the primary school to the university level has been modeled from the very inception on the Indian system, which is in turn the legacy of the old British Raj.
Nepal's 1971 education plan hastened its development in the country.In 1951 Nepal had 10,000 students in 300 schools and an adult literacy rate of five percent. There were 49,000 schools in 2010, and by 2015 the overall adult literacy rate was 63.9 percent (males 76.4 percent and females 53.1 percent). It has already been more than half decade that public schools started imparting the education in the country. Curriculum developed in the country is not oriented towards the practical education. Public schools are criticized for not being able to provide quality education. Lower-caste discrimination, and indigenous bias are now the primary barriers to equitable access to education. After thorough review of secondary literature, analysis through macro perspective under the influence of critical pedagogy it is found lack of physical and infrastructures, textbooks, centralized curriculum, monolingual instructional, lack of constructive and critical pedagogical strategies, poverty and social exclusion are the major factors contributing for poor performance.
As Nepal is one of the world’s most impoverished countries with limited resources, education especially at the developmental level is crucial for the future success and progress of the country. As classroom materials are often lacking or at best outdated, engaging and involved teachers are the best way to help the Nepali student's progress and learn to think in ways that will benefit them for the rest of their life. Accepting a role as a volunteer teacher enables you to help create a foundation of intellectual curiosity and ambition in your students while immersing yourself in a truly authentic school environment where you can merge traditional academic teaching with your own unique knowledge and background to inspire a new generation of children while learning more about the traditional Nepali family life and academic culture.
All volunteers will be offered complete accommodation with a local family where you will have to chance to learn the local language and culture learn to prepare traditional meals, experience the spirituality of the Nepali people and most importantly form a personal bond with your new family. In most instances, volunteer teachers are the only contact these isolated communities have with people of different cultures and is the only way they will have a chance to connect with a culture outside of their family traditions creating a once in a lifetime experience for both you and your hosts. As everyone come from different educational backgrounds, you will be allowed to teach a wide range of subjects including history, geography, mathematics, music, science, computer technology or any subject that is a personal strength. Any teachers with proficiency in English will be encouraged to help the students in this subject as all higher education in Nepal is conducted in English and interaction with volunteers is one of the best ways for students to practice and more importantly gain confidence with their English.
As most volunteers are not professional teachers, you will be more of a teaching assistant and will learn several different teaching methods and techniques during your program. Absolutely no teaching experience is required and volunteers are encouraged to teach in their own personal style to create a strong rapport with the children. Volunteers will enjoy a fairly relaxed schedule typically teaching a few lessons a day and are given plenty of time to join the students in extracurricular activities such as sports, games and local songs. As the schools typically lack sufficient funding any additional materials or supplies you can bring would be very exciting for the children and something as simple as foreign music or photos can make for a very fun and interactive lesson your students will never forget .One of the benefits of the volunteer teaching experience is the flexibility involved with the program. All volunteers will be able to arrange plenty of time off to go for short trips or celebrate the numerous local holidays with their host family allowing all volunteers to experience all that Nepal has to offer during their stay. Arrangements are available for either short or long term volunteering and placement can be arranged either in the city, suburbs or the most remote mountain areas. As with all Good Karma Foundation Nepal we are very flexible and can create a program to meet your personal needs
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A typical example of Mountain school in Siurung village in Province Num 4 of Nepal where students are envolved in morning PT
Volunteers farewell in school after their month teaching
Eleska Distributing Scchol bags for 100 students in siurung village