Training 230 women as teacher trainers and school mentors in Nepal's poorest villagers.
Why we care: In some of the poorest villages in Nepal there is not a single woman who can read or write. Girls between the ages of 10 and 14 are extremely susceptible to being sold into forced marriages or sex trafficking.
How we're solving this: Bringing “Her Turn –The Girls Education and Empowerment Program” to the remotest villages in Nepal.
“Students are thinking for themselves, rather than memorizing what they have been told; they are learning to solve problems and to take a proactive approach to their own lives and to the issues facing their country.” –NTTI staff member
Founded in 2010, Nepal Teacher Training Innovations (NTTI) works to reduce attrition rates in Nepal, especially among girls, by improving the quality of teaching and encouraging creativity and critical thinking in Nepali classrooms.
Four female teachers trekked six hours across Nepal’s rural landscape to learn how to design engaging curriculum and develop their students full potential as Nepal's next leaders. Nepal Teacher Training Innovations (NTTI) develops women’s teaching leadership skills in rural communities and, “provides effective and intensive trainings to encourage critical thinking, problem solving, and self-advocacy in Nepal’s most disadvantaged schools.” Seventy percent of NTTI’s teacher participants have said that NTTI’s trainings are the best they have ever received. NTTI has already trained more than 1,000 teachers and provided high quality instruction to more than 80,000 students, including 26,000 girls. Leading the way in developing the highest quality teachers in the country, NTTI will now bring “Her Turn –The Girls Education and Empowerment Program,” to the remotest villages in Nepal.
NTTI operates in some of the poorest villages in Nepal, where often there is not a single woman who can read or write. Girls between the ages of 10 and 14 are extremely susceptible to being sold into forced marriages or sex trafficking.
“Her Turn” will dismantle this dismal outlook on life that many girls face. Not only will NTTI provide young girls with positive female role models and teachers, but the organization will also train 230 women in leadership positions, such as teacher trainers and school mentors. Women teachers who are trained in gender issues are a life-changing resource for students, helping at-risk girls deal with gender discrimination, improving their self-esteem, and avoiding forced marriages and trafficking. NTTI is also conducting "girls' sensitivity trainings to make teachers aware of the unique needs of female students. The workshop was designed as a result of feedback from more than 100 village girls noted that they would be more likely to stay in school if the bathrooms at their schools had locks; if their teachers did not beat them; and if their male teachers refrained from touching them.
The “Her Turn” project will also:
- Build the self-confidence of 400 village girls
- Train principles and school administrators on how to combat sex trafficking and domestic violence
- Train two female teachers to lead train-the-trainer workshops
- Train a team of female mentors and workshop facilitators to spread awareness that works to reverse the traditional belief that women are intellectually inferior to men
- Establish a local girls’ support and response committee, especially for girls at risk of sex trafficking…and so much more!
NTTI has already proven that “Her Turn” is a success through their pilot program that was conducted last year, in which girl participants unanimously reported they have increased levels of self-confidence. Help NTTI support a new generation of female leaders and motivated students committed to eradicating illiteracy and empowering girls for a bright future in Nepal.
Directed, shot and edited by: Aleksandra Perczynska
Music by: Akashic Records (Creative Commons)