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.
A Challenge from The Rotary Foundation
Since Nov. 2018 we have put enormous effort into attracting Rotary support for extending our teacher training in Nepal. The response from Rotary clubs around the world has been extremely gratifying, yielding sufficient funding for not one but two Global Grant projects, total value US$250,000, to train 160 teachers over three years.
Application GG1876442 Teacher training, Rakhu, Nepal was submitted June 26. The project had been fully funded by 13 Canadian clubs matched with DDF at 85c/$, both matched $/$ by the Government of Canada, and then by the Foundatioin Global Fund. Our intention was to await its approval, then submit the application GG11987661 Teacher training, Arman-Baranja, Nepal to be funded by 46 clubs in seven countries.
International Sponsor Club Woodstock-Oxford, D7080, Ontario, Canada has been advised by The Rotary Foundation that the GG1876442 application has been rejected, the grounds being:
- the application was not planned based on a community assessment. Clubs or districts that apply for a global grant to support a humanitarian project or a vocational training team must conduct a community assessment first and include the results in their grant application.
- Global grants cannot fund activities primarily carried out by an organization other Rotary.
- Additionally, it is concerning that a previous project with LEARN has had difficulty in providing the financial documentation necessary to meet the Foundation’s reporting requirements.
We respond to these points as follows:
1. The issue should be whether there is demonstrated local support for the project - not whether a community assessment has been conducted in accordance with TRF guidelines. We have the strongest local support imaginable, from local teacher level to Municipal Council Chairs and the Vice-Chair of the Social Welfare Council.
2. TRF Grants are given to educating people across the world in universities that are not Rotary organisations. This project is no different. The same objection was raised with respect to GG1525855, but it was then approved.
3. To condemn a project for the failings of a Host Country Rotary Club that is not involved does not pass the Four Way Test. That club was replaced by a much more reliable club for the GG1876442 application.
We will not let the matter rest with the TRF rejection, but will pursue it to the highest levels within Rotary.
Please click HERE to download a submission to the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation.
Meanwhile I ask that all clubs and districts that have so generously offered support to our initiatives to be patient, awaiting the outcome that the teachers and school children of Nepal deserve. Please refer to our Rotary Global Grants page for further details.
Peter Hall, President, Quality Education Nepal Inc. (27 July 2019)
Addition to our Capital Fund
Thanks to a contribution from an anonymous donor, our Capital Fund has received a large injection, giving us income security to support and develop LEARN, our teacher-training NGO in Nepal. This gives us the capacity to extend our services beyond basic teacher training programs sponsored by Rotary International (though that remains our primary strategy for extending our reach to more and more teachers. An example is the ongoing annual refresher training that we believe all techers who enter our programs deserve.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.