Teachers sharing their skills in Nepal

RMIT University Teachers

Teachers sharing their skills in Nepal

We would like to thank Dr Nicky Carr, Hilary Clarke, Erin Schulz, Joanna King, Mindy Saunders and Tam Shama from RMIT University who spent three weeks teaching at our project site in the village of Astam under the Pathways Program.

The RMIT group and children from the Shree Bhumeshwor School in Astam participated in the 2013 eTutor project where RMIT pre-service teachers tutored students from Astam and children from schools in India, Nepal, Australia and Malaysia. The Office of Learning and Teaching provided funding to RMIT for the eTutor project with further funding being provided under the Australian Governments AsiaBound project to support the students’ practicum experiences in Nepal.

The RMIT group was also joined by fellow RMIT education student, Tiffany Holland, who taught for 2 weeks at Bhumeshwor under Logged On’s Placement Program. We would like to thank Tiffany for the fantastic work she did with helping the children at the school.

“This is our first large group of teachers we have had at a project site at one time” said Logged On’s CEO, Mark Pinoli, who was also in Astam with the teachers. “It was inspiring to see what the RMIT group and local teachers achieved together.”

“I just sat and watched how the children were completely absorbed in learning. Seven teachers with all their effort focused on a group of children over several weeks can make a big difference” Mark said.

“The opportunity I was given was the best possible professional experience I could be granted. It was challenging but it also made me aware of all aspects involved in a schools functioning as well as the aspects of teaching in great detail” said Erin Shulz (Read Erin’s Blog).

The RMIT group also worked with local teachers to explore different approaches to teaching that were locally relevant and met local curriculum requirements.

Outside of school hours, the group spent time in the community at festivals and weddings, visited cultural sites, and learned Nepali cooking at the Annapurna Eco-village.

We would like to thank Ves Raj Bastola, Sita Adhikari, and the teachers at the Shree Bhumeshwor School for their contribution to the success of the program. We would also like to thank all the crew at the Annapurna Eco-village in Astam, especially the Adhikari family, for taking care of just about everything.

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