Sirjana Paija, Lead Teacher, Adarsha Secondary School, Rima
I am Sirjana Paija and I have been teaching in Adarsha Secondary School for seven years. I have completed my Bachelors of Education in English. When I joined school as an English teacher, most of the teachers followed traditional lecture method while teaching our students. While teaching students in the classroom, we did not even consider whether they understood the content but what we emphasized is to finish the course on time. We focused on high performing students only and the low performing ones were always backward. We did not use any type of teaching materials except textbook. At that time, the learning outcome of class 6 English was just 54.
As LEARN has been started providing trainings to us for 3 years, along with the teachers of 10 schools of Adarsha Secondary School Resource Center, there has been a drastic change in teaching learning strategies in our school. We were trained on development and use of child centered teaching materials, child friendly teaching learning strategies, and different subject specific contents. Those trainings enable us switching our teaching strategies from traditional lecture method to innovative child friendly methods. Now, we teach considering the individual differences of students. Some are good at sports where some like music. So we support them foster their capabilities as well. After LEARN started supporting us, we also started planning our lessons before we enter the classroom, using teaching materials, engaging students in different activities and encouraging them to actively participate in classroom and co-curricular activities. We also managed our classrooms in child friendly way and our classrooms are full of resourceful teaching materials. As a result, learning outcome has been increasing. For example, the learning outcome of English of 6th grade is now 64.
LEARN has appointed me as a lead teacher which creates me a lot of opportunities in learning innovative techniques. I have been receiving exposure from highly qualified trainers from LEARN frequently. LEARN changes the future of me as well as my students. I am very happy to be a part of it and assure to learn more and take more to my classroom.
Bhagawan Bdr. Karki, Head Teacher, Prabha Secondary School, Narchyang
Education is a strong base for creating bright future. The world is being a surprise day by day due to education. On the other hand, there is a huge difference between the ways of providing education in the developed and less developed countries. In the countries like Nepal, very old methods and techniques are still followed. Teachers and parents think that punishment is the most important tool to make our children disciplined ones.
My school is not an exception. Most of the teachers followed traditional teaching methods and corporal punishment was very common in the class. There was no use of teaching materials and they had got no idea about planning the lesson. They just taught their students to finish the courses. There were no co-curricular activities in our school.
But, when LEARN started its program in the cluster including our school, it brings numerous changes in our school. Now, teachers enter into the classroom with some new teaching materials every day. They rather focus on students’ understanding than completion of the course. Our classrooms are now child friendly, full of materials. As a result of LEARN’s intervention, learning outcomes of our school is in an increasing way. LEARN provides school support materials every year that helps in developing necessary teaching learning materials. LEARN has very positive impact in our children.
Priyanka Garbuja, Member, Adarsha Child Club, Adarsha Secondary School, Rima
Every year, there used to be formation and reformation of child club in our school but our club was functionless. One day, LEARN organized a training on Child Club Mobilization that helps us organizing different types of co-curricular and extracurricular activities. In the training, we discussed on various child related issues, like child rights, roles and responsibilities of child club members, organizing activities and events, conducting meetings and many other cross-cutting issues.
We also learned to develop annual work plan which makes us able to carry out activities and events as scheduled time. LEARN also organized a Child Club Talent Show at our school. Participating in the event, we learned how to organize a big event like this in a systematic way.
Before taking part in such events, I felt very shy to speak in front of some people but I can give speech in front of a huge mass. These events have developed confidence in me as well as in my friends.