Teaching Fellowship

UWS Nepal initiated the Teaching Fellowship Program in early 2017. It is a two-year graduate placement program aimed at Nepali scholars who are seeking experience in teaching, community action and international development. This program aims to tackle the issues of substandard education environment in rural regions by placing a trained UWS Fellow in UWS aided community schools.

Our Fellowship program provides children from marginalized communities to get connected with Nepal's exceptionally bright, accomplished, enthusiastic individuals across the nation. Our Fellows will have an opportunity to "teach the unreached" alongside personal development. We provide skills, knowledge and tools to serve as a full-time teacher for children deprived of quality education. Through this experience of teaching and working with students, parents, and community leaders our Fellows will be exposed to the grass root realities of Nepal's education system. Our Fellows will have a starting platform for their own careers and broaden their association as a leader, building a larger movement for systemic change towards educational equity in Nepal.

Challenge and Opportunity for Fellows

Leading a classroom in a poor and marginalized rural community is a big challenge that not only allows you to make an immediate impact in Nepal's education system but also changes your life opportunities.

Through this experience, Fellows can develop incredible skills and meaningful relationships with students, parents and community leaders that help further in their personal and professional goals.

Objectives

The program aims to achieve the following broader objectives:

  • To enhance the quality of education delivered in rural Nepal through modern teaching methodology
  • To create a meaningful connection between students, teachers, parents and community leaders, understanding each others problems through cooperation and collaboration
  • To produce leaders who can make a lifelong commitment to addressing educational inequality, by teaching in poor and marginalised communities for at least two years
  • To improve the learning environment and life skills of rural children
  • To work towards removing socioeconomic barriers in remote communities

Approach

Pre-school Childhood Development Program

This program will be targeted at pre-school children. Through play, animated books, and videos, children develop a passion for learning, understand concepts better, develop emotional and social intelligence, and gain communication skills. For this program, trained professional fellows will take a leading role, using a child-centric approach, to improve early childhood development.

Primary Education Development Program

This will be targeted at primary-level students. Play and Visual-based learning methods will be the prime focus in primary-level education. Selected fellows will be trained in child-friendly teaching methods, online and experimental methods and technical/vocational life skills. They will be trained in classroom management and interest based learning.

Improving Teaching Quality

This is the primary goal of the Fellowship program. Increasing the capacity of teachers is the key to bring a positive change to schools and communities. In this program, we will focus on improving our teacher's ability to communicate ideas in a clear and compelling way and to create an effective learning environment for children. The training materials will be prepared with support from the Government of Nepal and other stakeholders. National and International trainers (both Nepali and English language) will conduct the training sessions. After the training, fellows will go to the classroom and continue their professional journey in a learning environment that best suits the the local culture.