Training of CYF teachers in participatory education

To train the CYF school teachers, therefore helping its students having a participatory role when they learn.
The requested support targets teachers in the Montessori level (from preschool level up to grade five – (niveau maternelle à CM2)). This is a critical time when children tend to learn many things. However, CYF sees the lack of participatory education in its classrooms. Its teachers need training about how to make teaching interactive and fun, both for teachers and the students. CYF feels that children learn the most when they are 3 to 7 years old and this is a crucial time when they need the proper education but in CYF school, due to lack of budget and salary, it is difficult to hire teachers who have had advanced teacher training.

Therefore teachers at CYF need training, especially at Kindergarten level, for them to use different materials and art to teach the children. CYF feels that teaching and learning are all about participation, attitude, and aptitude, which they hope volunteer(s) can teach the teachers.
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The volunteer(s) should :
- transfer teaching skills that include the creativity and participation of children, to be transferred to the teachers.
- work towards the teachers to help them realize that a teacher is not just an employee but a person who has the power to encourage and influence students. If a student fails, they need to realize it was partly the fault of the teacher as well.

In Nepal, teachers only use the school books and do a lot of repetition of words but do not help the child to understand what that word means.

CYF therefore wants the volunteer(s) to help teachers in their school use practical methods of teaching and not just depend on theory books.

The mission will be based on an initial stage of 2 days of observation of classes, to identify what the volunteer will have to focus on.
The volunteer(s) will closely work for the first 2 days with the Founder Director Ms. Haushala Thapa & the Principal Mr. Wangyal Zimba to get a better understanding of what changes they hope to see after the training.
This support is available locally but being a private school run by an NGO, CYF is not allowed for such support. Only government school teachers and schools are given these training. Other pieces of training would be too expensive.

Expected results: The changes expected after the mission are that teachers will be more pro active and will prepare for their classes to be more practical as well. CYF expects that teachers will practice what they have learned and involve children as a participatory role in the class. CYF wants to see the teachers comfortable with positive changes that help a child grow in class.
For the organization, CYF feels that through the mission it will be able to provide “quality” education to the children supported. Their main objective is to help these children have access to “quality” education but they feel this can only be achieved when the teachers have trained accordingly.
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CYF is looking for volunteers with experience in education and that can adjust to a small school. Depending on the profile, the focus will be given on preschool level or upper classes.

Volunteers will work in Kausaltar, Bhaktapur in LIFE VISION ACADEMY. The volunteers will be staying near the school. The distance between the school and the accommodation is just 2 minutes by walk. Meals will be taken at the school and in the host house
During school time, the teachers can adjust to the time for trainings from 7:30 am to 9 am in the morning and evening from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm during school hours from Sunday to Friday with Saturday break. When the mission falls under the school holiday period, then the mission will continue in the same days but from 10 am till 3 pm with an hour break of lunch, as suggested for July.
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CYF teachers
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This mission is organized for the teachers but carried along with the children through practice in the classroom.

In this mission, 5 women and 1 man will participate, from 27 to 56 years old. The Kindergarten level, which is also called the Preschool, has 3 levels: Nursery, Lower Kg and Upper Kg (3 niveaux de maternelle).
Then the kids move on to grade 1 (CP) and the school runs until grade 5 (CM2).
The preschool has 3 teachers and there is one teacher in each class after. The children in Preschool are 3 to 5 years old.
In grade 1: age 6 to age 8,
In grade 2: age 8,
In grade 3: age 9 to 10,
In grade four age 10 to 11,
In grade five age 11 to 12.
They can read and speak in English and all have a bachelor degree. They never received training specific to participatory education.
They wish to take part in this training as it will help them to teach better and also help them personally on their attitude towards teaching.
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Children and Youth First (CYF) was created in 2009 by Haushala Thapa at the age of 21 when she found the need to give chidren the access to education. Haushala Thapa first got involved in social work field when she participated and led a campaign at the age of 15 against eve teasing and harassment towards girls, a project that was then run by SAVE THE CHILDREN UK. Then after a year she got the opportunity to work with street children and create a drama along with the street children in 2002. She then completed her bachelor’s degree in social work from Nepal and also worked with the government of Nepal under the Central Child Welfare Board for the lost and found children department as a project manager for a year. CYF was created when Haushala rescued 14 children from an orphanage that was keeping the children in the worst condition, for the benefit of the manager. CYF addresses issues that are directly related to children, families and women who have minimal access to education and are economically challenged. To work with these issues, the organisation has a school based in Kausaltar Bhaktapur called “LIFE VISION ACADEMY” that helps to educate children from economically challenged families or broken homes with abusive parents, by providing them hostel facility. The school also provides education to children who come from families that cannot bear the minimal cost for their education, by helping to sustain the school’s expenditure. CYF helps to provide quality education to these children, with the use of practical tools for education and child-teacher participation. Beneficiary children are either identified by CYF or referred to the organisation by local organisations or friends as needing immediate attention. During the identification process, CYF interviews the child’s responsible guardian, collects their history and problem of why the organisation needs to support the child. They collect information of the child as well on his/her medical conditions, if he/she has been abused physically or sexually. Then the guardians, who are the blood related relatives or single parents sign a responsibility agreement where they must visit their child once a month and support their child’s education by buying stationeries’ or anything that a child would need in school. CYF does this in order to create a sense of responsibility and attachment with the child. CYF’s work is to support the child for education that is not just based on text books but also practical, at the same time the organisation makes sure their guardians are working and raising their living standards. The beneficiary children mainly come from remote areas of Nepal, mostly from the Sindhupalchowk and Solukhumbu area. To date, CYF provides education to 32 underprivileged children through hostel facility and has also been able to set up a skill training space for the children’s mothers and women who want to work. CYF currently works on enhancing and bringing quality to the education it has been providing to the children, working on “how” to teach children practically and not just via their books. Another activity is the skill training project which was started in January 2013: CYF provides knitting, craft making and stitching training to mainly mothers of the children supported by the organisation and to women/youth, who come from economically challenged backgrounds. CYF currently has 2 trainers for knitting and stitching and 8 to 15 women are trained in a month. CYF currently supports directly and indirectly 60 people (children, women and teachers). Activities are funded with the help of friends and family living in the United Kingdom, United States and via a branch organisation that has been setup in Austria. Friends and family help the organisation by sponsoring a child or by helping to buy materials needed for the school and CYF also supports activities by organising various fundraising events in Kathmandu and abroad. Recently CYF has also been able to support some activities by the sales of handmade products.
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CYF office assistant will welcome the volunteer at airport. A taxi will be used to go from the airport to the school (about 15 minutes).
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Kathmandu [Tribhuvan]
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Volunteer(s) will sleep in a room located 2 minutes away from the school, which can accommodate 2 persons at a time (two separate beds). There is no internet in the room, but it is accessible in the school. There is electricity but no backup power (Nepal is subject to electricity cuts quite regularly but variable depending on the season).
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Available material: whiteboard, computer, and printer. Markers, flip paper board, projector, and other material will be provided if needed for each mission. There is no backup power for electricity cuts.
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