As former Headmistress Joy Leighton, the founder of Gorkha Development Scheme (GDS), recognised when she first went to Gorkha in 1988, providing training to teachers can have a greater and longer lasting impact than just volunteering to teach children directly.
NELTA (Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association) is now key to developing and delivering teacher training in Nepal and has a base in Gorkha. It was therefore a great opportunity when GDS volunteer Richard Van Neste undertook an extended stay in Gorkha for four months between May and September 2017, and as well as teaching English at Shree Mahendra Jyoti, was able to develop a link with NELTA and with GDS providing funds, this enabled two rural training programmes to take place summer 2017.
See Richard’s full report for Laprak Laprak report – RVanNeste
Also see full report for Tangli Chowk Tangli Chowk report – RVanNeste
There is no doubt that this is a very effective way of using the hard raised funds to make a real and long lasting difference to the Gorkha community in Nepal. As well as providing new ideas, these programmes can help the teachers of the next generation. This is especially important when many of the small rural village schools around Gorkha were devastated by the earthquake of 2015, with most of the classes still being helped in basic shelters for the foreseeable future.
NELTA President Upendra Dhakal, Engilsh teacher at Bal Mandir School,
Secretary Krishna Parajuli who is Lecturer of English at Drabya Shah Multiple Campus and Head of English Department. together with key GDS committee member Laxman Acharya who is Head Teacher of Shree Mahendra Jyoti School, organised the teacher training events in Laprak and Tangli Chowk which Richard was able to attend and participate in.
Over 60 English teachers attended the two three day sessions which in turn will make a difference to many hundreds of pupils.
Further programmes are planned and it is hoped future volunteers will experience and contribute to these extremely valuable programmes. We would like to thank NELTA President Upendra, Krishna, Laxman and Richard for their massive contributions in making this happen and developing a link for future work together.