ICRI Nepal is thrilled to be hosting intern Emelie Stavholm. Emelie, an early childhood educator from Sweden, will be working with our National Center for Learning Resources program in Kathmandu. This is her second blog post. I have now spent little over a month in Kathmandu. The city has much to offer in terms of history, culture and food and I have been enjoying my time here. Although the copious amounts of pollution makes you want to cover your face completely, on a clear day if you raise your head you will be able to see the snow covered mountains surrounding the Kathmandu Valley. A beautiful sight indeed!
My internship period has so far consisted of working with the Pragati School, a public school in the Lalitpur District of Kathmandu Valley. ICRI-Nepal has already done a lot of work at the school such as providing training for teachers and restructuring three class rooms. The training they provide is unique here in Nepal in the sense that it has an holistic approach to Early Childhood Development and therefore addresses issues such as health/nutrition, class room environment, teaching/learning materials as well as allowing for the inclusion of parents and the community.
My involvement at the school consists of working closely with a few of the teachers in order to improve the conditions of the class rooms as well as the teaching learning practices. Since the primary education in Nepal is more or less text book based, me and the teachers are trying to work more creatively with the children. Some of the activities included playing with home made playdoh and making drawings which were then posted on the wall in order for the children to discuss with each other what they had drawn. This has resulted in the children being more engaged and involved and has allowed them to share their ideas with each other as well as with the teachers. It has been a great experience so far and I am learning a lot. Both the teachers and the children are amazing and I will miss them a lot once I leave!