In 2013 BFSS gave a grant of £15,000 to Our Sansar for a project to train 360 teachers from impoverished schools in Birgunj, Chitwan and Hetauda in Nepal and improve the educational experience for both teachers and pupils by introducing interactive methods of teaching, improving classroom management and encouraging the use of resources made from local materials.
As Our Sansar’s Project Report shows, overall 400 teachers have been trained on “Better Classroom Better Learning” methodology”, 40 teachers’ clinics have been organised and 11 child friendly model classrooms have been established. The impact on the pupils can be seen from the reduction in average drop out rates from 15% to 9%. Moreover absenteeism rates among girls dropped from 18% to 12% and amongst boys from 15% to 10%.
The Teaching Materials Impact Report reports on research carried out within one of the partner schools taking part in the training and highlights the impact on the pupils’ learning achievements of the use of “teaching learning materials” designed to make learning effective and practical. The research found that learning achievements grew by 18% compared with the previous year.