Education Through Tourism in Nepal | Positive Footprints | World Nomads

Education Through Tourism in Nepal | Positive Footprints | World Nomads


[MUSIC PLAYING] Education is one of the most
important things through which we can develop our country. I have traveled
all the Solukhumbu. Mount Everest is
in the Solukhumbu. I go to the mountains,
hills, streams, landslides, and these are my friends. [MUSIC PLAYING] My job is to train the
teachers and to support them who want to learn and make a
difference in their schools. [CLAPPING] [HORNS HONKING] Before starting the
teacher training programs, there were huge drop outs. Teachers they used
to open the book, and they used to read
and deliver that. Students just quiet sitting
on the bench, just listening. It was not, you know,
child-friendly way. The students were
feeling very bored. And our focus was to ensure
that every child comes to school with joy. The partnership between
Australian Himalayan Foundation and World Nomads’
Footprints Network is from the very beginning, it’s
almost like more than 12 years. Because of them we are here now. I became extremely
happy when schools do the things that
are recommended by me, and when I visit the
school next time. Roughly we are working
in 290 schools. We train all the teachers
of the Solukhumbu in holistic approach. Solukhumbu is a very
remote area, but Gita, she walks at least one
day, two days, three days, and at least she is staying
one and a half months. Sometimes she is staying
three months in the field. She is visiting
school to school. Support to the children, the
support to the community, support to the teachers. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] So that the pull plasters
can be used easily. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] [CLAPPING] The children and
the overall society, they love dance, music, songs,
all these kind of things. So we also have connected
the songs and music in the classroom. [SINGING] So that’s how now they’re able
to use a song in classroom. They’re able to use
role play in classroom. They’re able to use games
and other kinds of activity in classroom. And they go in the classroom
with clear and definite lesson plans. One parent, each day, to observe
the classroom activities. They come every
day to the school. We want to involve the community
people for the sustainable development of the country,
so they take the ownership of the whole program. The parents cannot look after
the children like whether the children have gone to school
or not, because the parents, they are so busy, so busy,
and they work from the morning to the evening. [ROOSTER CROW] Most of the children
walk more than two hours to reach their school. In the morning they complete
all the household tasks. They cook the food, and they
do other farming activities as well. So it is the daily routine. However, they’re being pretty
much independent on their own. That’s why REED was established. To bring all the children,
those who are out of school, and make them better
citizens in the country. [SINGING] Education used to
be traditional. Educational materials
were not sufficient. There were no resources. Child-friendly classroom
is, children love to come into their classroom. They will be eager to
come to the classroom. They want to be seated
in the classroom. They own their
classroom materials. I mean their passion to
come towards the class is child-friendly classroom. Main thing is the
democracy of the classroom. They express their feelings. This one, if I have to go. This is the result of our
dedication and hard work that REED Nepal has taught
us and inspired us to do. [DRUM] We get specific ideas how
to motivate the students. How to create the fun
environment in the class. They are playing games. Unknowingly while
playing games they will get the content as well. Children, they have
started seeing that if they have good foundation
in a school level, then they can have better
futures, better careers. This is my passion as well,
to get involved and talk with the children,
and I really try to give that sense to the
teachers in the training as well. [SINGING] I love the dreams
of the children coming towards the reality. That’s why I’m here.

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