Who best to help teachers? Other teachers. Even during the summer break!
London teacher Catherine Steel travelled to Nepal over the weekend (July 30) with 23 other UK teachers to help support local teachers and improve learning for their children. It’s part of a global teacher movement called Limited Resources Teacher Training (LRTT)).
“There’s an extra challenge for me,” said Catherine Steel before setting out. “ICT is integrated in my teaching so I’ll have to be extra flexible with local resources and connectivity to share our exciting UK experiences with Nepalese colleagues. I’m hoping to report back with pictures on my blog, Catherine Rambles On."
The decision to volunteer was made earlier this year and she carried out a gruelling 84-mile sponsored walk across Hadrian’s Wall in April (see photo, right) to raise money and the profile for the partner charity linked to LRTT called ‘Inspiring Futures’ “I was worried that I may have bitten off more than I could chew,” said Catherine who is a Year 2 teacher and computing subject leader at Redbridge Primary School, east London and will be relocating to Sheffield in September.
Spending 27 days in-country, most of the time will be in Kathmandu and the Kathmandu Valley. The team is staying in the heart of the city at the Teach For Nepal charity headquarters. Ventures into schools to observe local teachers will take place initially on arrival and then the training provided will be very much tailored and personalised to suit the needs of the individuals as planned by Catherine and the team.
There will then be follow-up observations and opportunities for team teaching as a way of ensuring an impact is made that is sustainable for staff and children. "It is a real opportunity to develop my own skills too, collaborating with not only the fellow UK teachers but the local teachers too," added Catherine.
“We want to empower and enthuse the teachers in Nepal to be able to teach great content in fun and inspiring ways, not easy when there are often more than 50 children in a class with very limited resources – even paper (see photo below).
"I have been in the education profession for nine years in schools in Yorkshire and London. I love teaching as it is one of the few jobs that really allows you to truly shape the lives of children and young adults.
"The knowledge of the potential impact that you can have on a class of children is powerful but to think of training teachers, who in turn each have their own classes, makes for a wider impact."