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  • August 12 2016

    School Mentorship Program (SMP), Action Research

    This mentorship program is launched with the financial support of the UK based INGO named Chance for Change (C4C). Currently, this program has been piloted in three public schools of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur. This will study the effectiveness of the program and will be expanded to the public schools in remote areas. The main objective of the program is to coach individual students so that they can perform better in three major subjects namely English, Mathematics and Science. The failure rate of students in the aforementioned subjects is found to be increasing each year over the last decade. The majority of these students tend to be from vulnerable communities including daily wage bearer.

    Three mentors with a minimum 10+2 degree were selected and deployed in the community schools of the valley. Prior to the placement, they were trained with highly professional teachers from the reputed educational institutions in the country. On top of that, they were also equipped with different leadership skills and tools to be effective in their mentoring to the low learners in the classrooms. In a nutshell, this program is guided by a peer-to-peer learning model. The mentors take classes together with the students and observe student’s participation in the learning process. They further follow up with the students to see if they have gained conceptual clarity. Similarly, the mentors regularly check the homework of the students, followed by the regular weekly tests. Finally, the mentors also provide information on the opportunities available in higher education so that they can make an independent decision about their further education and career.

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