UWS Nepal Teaching Fellowship Program
Our Nepal Fellowship Program aims to improve the quality of teaching in our UWS Nepal Schools, whilst providing an opportunity for young Nepal leaders to gain valuable experience and make a real impact on the lives of remote and marginalised communities. The Fellowship’s principal aim is to provide quality education to poor and marginalised children in Nepal. The focus is therefore on teaching methodology, as well as the improvement of learning environments. Our goal is to create a sustainable program for trained and enthusiastic teachers to share their knowledge and skill-set in rural Nepal.
In the long-term, we expect the program to facilitate an exchange of ideas and become a catalyst for change on a regional and national arena. Our Alumni will go on to work in diverse educational roles; as curriculum designers, teacher-trainers, and education policy researchers, as well as more broadly in surrounding fields; as lawyers, journalists, corporate leaders and entrepreneurs.
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 life-long 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
Selected Fellows will choose between the following key activities:
Pre-school Childhood Development
This 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
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 will be the central part of the Fellowship program. Increasing the capacity of teachers is the key to bringing positive change to schools and communities. In this program, we will focus on improving our teachers’ 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 is suited to the local culture.
Recruitment & Selection
In order to be considered for admission to UWS Teaching Fellowship 2017, you must satisfy three prerequisites: a minimum intermediate’s Degree (however a Bachelor’s Degree is preferred); a minimum cumulative GPA; citizenship (you must be a national/legal resident of Nepal).
After submitting a completed application form along with the supporting documents, shortlisted applicants will be invited to go through a series of interviews, from which ten Fellows will be selected to begin the UWS Nepal Fellowship.
Please send all completed applications to [email protected]
Selection Process of Fellows
The applicants who submitted the form online will be screened on the basis of their eligibility and answers on the form. Selected applicants will progress to the second phase.
The selected applicants are will complete a written test and oral interviews, where they will be judged for their communication skills and leadership potential. Selected candidates will move onto the 3rd phase.
The final round will involve conducting a teaching session for the interview panel. Candidates will be given 20 minutes to demonstrate their teaching skills.
Ten deserving Fellows will be selected from this process.
Training and Support
We will support our Fellows to become strong classroom and community leaders through an extensive training program and ongoing professional development. Specifically:
1. Prior to UWS’s school placement, our Fellows will undergo a rigorous one-month residential training program that focuses on child-centric classroom practice and leadership. In this program, we will focus on improving teachers’ ability to communicate ideas in clear and compelling way to foster better teacher-student relationships. Teachers will be trained to teach in a creative, interactive and entrepreneurial way to engage and motivate students.
2. Throughout the Fellowship, Fellows will receive training opportunities, participate in leadership workshops and forums on educational leadership, and have exclusive access to professional development resources. Once in the classroom, the Fellows will receive individual coaching from Fellowship Managers on regular basis.
3. Finally, Fellows will be grouped into learning teams based on the subject or grade they teach. Learning teams will discuss challenges specific to their grades and/or content areas, share best practices, and work together to build knowledge and skills.
The UWS Nepal Teaching Fellowship is a full-time program and Fellows will be paid a stipend of NRs. 18,000 per month. The Fellows will receive additional housing support.
Classroom Placement & Leadership Development
UWS Fellows commit two years, full-time, to providing poor and marginalized children with the opportunities that can put them on a different life path. Each Fellow is assigned a classroom in one of UWS’s schools and asked to give their students the skills they need to reach their personal goals. Our Leadership Development Journey will revolve around the following four areas:
– Personal Development: Exploring who you are, what is your goal in life, and how you strive to be a better person.
– Community Transformation: Exploring shared values with the community that can inspire them to act together and find hope for positive change
– Collective Action: Building relationships and organising partners to effectively mobilise and deploy resources in a way that multiplies and deepens our impact.
– Educational Equity: Deepening the understanding of Nepal’s education system and committing to work towards equality
With these four commitments, our fellows will gain real-life leadership experiences in classrooms and communities, developing their professional skills and gaining valuable life skills.
Please send all completed applications to [email protected]