The Saksham Shikshak programme is designed for teachers and educators who wish to get a comprehensive grasp of the progressive educational philosophy along with their respective subject matters within a short period of time. In 3:30 hour sessions that last for 10 days, participants are offered the opportunity to take part in numerous hands-on activities that allow them to understand concepts through their own experiences. Participants also gain exposure to theoretical concepts, practical guidelines and classroom management tips that enable to them to carry out more effective classes. Additionally, they are enriched by the insights of their peers with the regular interactions they engage in.
In-service as well as pre-service teachers and others interested in education are welcome to join the programme.
The program currently offers six courses – two general and four specific. You are welcome to take any number of the following courses:
Progressive Education Philosophy
The Progressive Education Philosophy course is based on individualism, the notion that it is up to the individual child, with guidance from the teacher, to make sense of his or her own experience; readiness, the notion that the child will learn when he or she is ready to learn; and pragmatism, the notion that the worth of learning lies in its instrumental value. The course addresses the role of a teacher as a facilitator to guide students in understanding real life and practical purposes of learning. Teachers will be provided with real classroom experiences where emphasis will be given on understanding children and their way of learning and where and how to scaffold for struggling learners.
The Integrated Learning course builds the foundations for an interdisciplinary approach to teaching-learning within the classroom environment. Instead of compartmentalising learning into different subjects, this approach replicates real-world processes and scenarios so that children can continue to learn within the school as they would on their own. Participants work with the national curriculum and learn to negotiate integrated lessons based on them.
The Language Arts course is suitable for English as well as Nepali teachers and enables teachers to view language learning in a more holistic manner. Emphasis is given on the creative and communicative aspects of language arts. Participants get first-hand exposure to a host of experiential activities and teaching techniques. They are also introduced to a number of auxiliary resources to complement curriculum-based lessons.
The Social Studies course is an eye-opener for teachers who wish to fill the teaching of this subject with more excitement, relevance and meaning. Participants gain a thorough understanding of the different components of the Social Studies unit and are encouraged to manoeuvre their way through the curriculum to ground it as much in the context of students’ lives.
The Mathematics course is aimed at raising the confidence of teachers in making their students curious about math in real life. Participants open up to the idea that learning math results in not just a mastery of basic skills but a concise and powerful means of communication. Through the activities and opportunities for discussion and reflection, participants gain an insight into mathematical structures, operations, processes and languages that provide students with a framework for reasoning, justifying conclusions and expressing ideas clearly.
The Science course helps teachers develop the skills to help children construct, modify and develop a broad range of scientific concepts and ideas. Working scientifically involves them in observation, questioning, discussion, prediction, analysis, exploration, investigation, and experimentation, while the knowledge and skills they acquire may be applied in designing and making tasks. Participants are able to realise that science education fosters a respect for the evidence of scientific enquiry, while the collaborative nature of activities can also help children to acquire social and co-operative skills.
Trainings will be conducted in both Nepali and English. In its aim to spread progressive education philosophy, Nisarga Centre for Educators also provides the Saksham Shikshak trainings in your school venue at your request.
Education Philosophy: Grounding teachers in education theories to support growth of learners
ICT Integration: Helping teachers integrate ICT (Information and Communication Technology) into daily classroom teaching to keep students up to date with the latest technology and to provide room for independent learning and self-assessment.
Hands-on Activities: Giving teachers the experience of building and applying concepts provides them with a strong foundation to effectively help students to learn by doing
Collaborative Work: Working together creates a collaborative atmosphere where teachers are willing to learn from each other. This ultimately translates into fun, efficient, and better quality teaching-learning practices.
Field Trips: Giving teachers a firsthand experience of how learning works outside the classroom will help them foster the qualities of exploration, investigation, and research based learning in their students.