Nepal is the poorest country outside Africa.
Education of its children is the long-term answer.
Yet with teachers lacking education and training,
few children are getting the education they deserve.

You can help us address poverty by training teachers.
In cooperation with government,  we target
the teachers of schools in remote areas,
focusing on the Myagdi District of Western Nepal.

Quality Education Nepal is a project of Rotary Australia World Community Service.  We established LEARN as an NGO
in Nepal to train teachers and foster better education in schools.  Funding from numerous sources including Rotary International (Foundation Global Grants) is helping us to reach an ever-increasing number of teachers.
As a Public Benefit Institution, donations are tax-deductible by Australian taxpayers.


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Can you contribute?

Recent success in attracting funding from Rotary International for Global Grant projects to extend our training to more teachers is increasing the need for additional funding to provide ongoing annual refresher training.  This lies outside the scope of Rotary funding, despite it importance for keeping teachers up to date and highly motivated, so we invite you to assist.

Should you be in a position to contribute, please go to our donations page  or simply transfer funds to Quality Education Nepal Inc., BSB 633-000, a/c 161108436, giving your surname as reference.


Where the money goes

The graph at right shows the breakdown of expenditure for the forthcoming GG1876442 project for teachers of Rakhu schools.

Total expenditure equates to US$25 per trainee day.  Excluding School materials which are passed to schools for subsequent use, the cost is just US$19 per trainee day.


Gordon returns

QEN Director Gordon Nightingale and his friend Lindsay Clark have just returned from a visit to Nepal.  Gordon was able to observe the many changes that have taken place since his visit as a QEN volunteer in 2014.

They visited a training program in Chimkhola, and also Paudwar village where our training programs began in 2011.


Rotary Clubs - Foundation Global Grant Sponsorships

We have adopted Rotary Foundation Global Grant projects as the primary way of extending training to more teachers. Our first GG project, to give 75 teachers of Tatopani schools 50 days training over three years, commenced in April 2017 and is going well.

An application for GG1876442 Teacher Training, Rakhu is currently locked awaiting authorisations and approval by The Rotary Foundation.  It will train another 80 teachers.

85% of the funding for a third Global Grant project to train teachers of the neighbouring Mangala area is now in hand, and we expect that application to be submitted in August.

For more details and to see how your club might contribute, please go to our Rotary Global Grants page.

Recent visit to Nepal

Peter and Ronda Hall visited Nepal in November-December to progress the planning of this project and the administration of LEARN generally.

Another purpose of the visit was to welcome a party of trekkers from Braemar College, Victoria, Australia to Paudwar village.  The twelve students were celebrating the end of their Year 12 studies.  They received a very warm welcome from the village.


Annual General Meeting

The Eighth Annual General Meeting of Quality Education Nepal Incorporated was held at 29 Blue Mount Road Trentham, Victoria on Sunday the 11th day of November 2018 at 4:00pm.  Formal Notice of Meeting (including the Annual Financial Report) is to be found on the Association page, and can be accessed here.  The meeting was accessible by Conference Call as advised in the Notice of Meeting.

Australian Aid Friendship Grants

The Australian Government has recently announced  program of Friendship grants of up to AU$60,000.  We believe we are well positioned to gain such a grant.  Not only will it help us in the short term, it will also pave the way for a subsequent application for accreditation with DFAT.  At a base level this will yield $150,000 per annum for five years, though it will take a considerable amount of work on our part to qualify.

The current round of grants will be particularly helpful, as we have been under pressure from the Nepalese government to direct more of our aid to "hardware" - such things as buildings and furniture, teachers salaries and scholarships rather than teacher training.  We remain firmly committed to teacher training as our first priority, but these funds should allow us to provide science equipment, musical instruments, child-friendly furniture, and model classrooms to show just what can be done.


Rotary International Convention, Toronto

We attracted considerable interest at our booth in the House of Friendship at the Rotary International 2018 Annual Convention in Toronto Canada June 23-27.  Attended by some 25,000 Rotarians, the Convention had great speakers including Princess Ann, Laura Bush, Helen Clark, Pierre Trudeau, the President of Haiti and the heads of WHO and Unicef.  However, my top marks for an inspirational speaker went to Xavier Ramey, 7th generation Afro-American but the first of his family to be born into nominal equality, while still leaving a lot to be achieved. His theme was turning possibilities into probabilities.

Photo:
with PRIP (13-14) Ron Burton and RC Kyneton PP Gaeleen Warcup

 

Invitation to Rotarians

Can your club contribute to a further Foundation Global Grant project that will allow us to extend our training to  further 70-80 teachers?  We have expressions of interest by many clubs, but now we need to convert these into sponsorshipcommitments to support an application to The Rotary Foundation.  Could your club be one?

Please email peter@nepalaid.org.au if there is a possibility.  Sponsorships can range from just one or two hundred dollars upwards, and can be paid up front or spread over three years.

Invitation to all

June 30 has passed, and we have had good response to our appeal for funds.  However, the needs continue, and we would much appreciate whatever you can contribute.  Note that Quality Education Nepal Inc. is a Public Benevolent Institution, allowing it to issue donation receipts  allowing Australian tax deductions.

Your contribution will support the growth of LEARN, allowing us to provide ongoing annual refresher training after teachers have completed their three-year basic program which may have been funded by Rotary.

Visit the Donations page under Contacts to make a donation.

Rotary District 0550 Annual Conference

Rotary District 9550 encompasses North Queensland, the Northern Territory and Timor Leste.  Peter Hall was invited to speak ai their Annual Conference in Ingham on May 6.  He was in good company, the other speakers on the program being:

* PDG Eric Wood, Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator; Director, Ausralian Rotary Foundation Trust 2016-19

* PDG Greg Ross, Australian Rotary Health National Chair

* Robert Fels, recipient of Rotary’s “Outstanding Service Award” for his promotion of peae initiatives over 30 years

* Stephanie Woolard, Rotary Peace Fellow and recipient of the international Rotary Responsible Business Award for her establishment of the Seven Women project in Nepal.

Click here to download Peter's presentation.

        Ronda and Peter with DG Robert Tatiani

Important meetings in Kathmandu

After returning to Kathmandu from the Closing Ceremony in Dana we had a busy week, in which time we achieved a number of important meetings.  They included:
* the Australian Ambassador Peter Budd
* District Rotary Foundation Chair Rajendra Rajbhandari
* Rotary District Governor Elect Chintamani Bhattarai
* Rotary District Governor Nominee Kiran Lal Shrestha 
* Rotary District Governor Designate Rajid Pokhrel
* Social Welfare Council Vise-Chairperson Nilmani Baral with
* SWC Deputy Director, Planning & Prog Approval Ram Raja Bhattarai

These meetings have engendered support for our training programs in general, and for further Rotary Foundation Global Grant projects in particular.  The latter will facilitate the extension of our programs to more and more teachers.

We were pleased to be able to entertain the latter at dinner at Nepali Chulo Restaurant together with all four LEARN staff.

Closing Ceremony, 10-day Training Course, Dana (April 2018)

The Closing Ceremony of the second 10-day training program for teachers of Tatopni Resource Centre was celebrated in Dana in the Kali Gandaki valley on April 20.  The program, extending over three years, is funded by a Rotary Foundation Global Grant supported by the sponsorship of eight Australian Rotary clubs, three Rotary Districts and eight Nepali clubs.Yam Bahadur Gurung, music and dance trainer; LEARN Training Officer Gopal Dhungel; District Education Officer Ram Kumar Shrestha; Ronda Hall; Peter Hall; Meen Shahi, LEARN Program Manager; Mr. Jayaram Subedi, Resource Person of District Education Office; Krishna Pun, CEO of LEARN; Shanta Bahadur Nepali, Head Teacher of Gyan Prakash Secondary School; Achyut Dahal, Chief Administrative Officer of Annapurna Rural Municipality .

LEARN staff appointments

CEO Krishna Pun has been joined by Meen Shahi as Program Director and Gopal Dhungel as Chief Training Officer.  Both are experienced teacher trainers with Masters degrees.  They enhance our capability to extend training to more and more teachers.

Krishna Pun                                                                                    Meen Shahi

Gopal Dhungel            Urmila Shreesh

Closing Ceremony, 10 day Basic Training, 18 April 2017
(Rotary Foundation Global Grant funded)
Continuing service delivery

Since the initial 10-day Rotary-funded training program at Tatopani in April 2017, LEARN has continued to deliver training, including in-school support and refresher training for the 150 teachers who have completed their 3-year basic training.

The start of a new 3-year program for Phakapani Resource Centre this year will raise the number of teachers in training to 300.

April 2018

Teaching aids produced in training





Timetable of courses delivered and scheduled
DatesLocationActivityTeachers
Delivered   
9-18 April 2017TatopaniBasic training71
27 Apr-1 May 2017GharaRefresher training52
27-31 May 2017RimaRefresher training54
15-23 June 2017TatopaniIn-school support 
4-9 Sept. 2017TatopaniRefresher training85
26-30 Oct. 2017RimaRefresher training50
24 Jan-3 Feb 2018PakhapaniBaseline survey119
Scheduled   
11-20 April 2018TatopaniBasic training 
May 2018PakhapaniCommunity orientation 
June 2018PakhapaniBasic training