Child-centered Learning, Level-one Training
This is the oldest training run by Rato Bangala. Originally conceived and run by Rato Bangala School from 1997, this training was handed over to RBF in 2002. This training spans over three months, where there are 24 sessions of three hours each. There are two sessions every week. The primary goal of this twelve-week course is to introduce trainees to the philosophy of child-centered education. The course content comprises of Child Development, Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science. Teachers work together to publish “Insights”, a magazine for teachers, which they use as reference material after they have completed the training.
Each three-hour session are conducted like a regular Rato Bangala class where learning is fun and the learner is totally immersed in his/her learning. How to make teaching and learning in each of the content areas more child-centered is the underlying theme of each of these sessions.
The training is bilingual. Handouts are in English and Nepali as are instructions and interactions. So too is the volume of Insights. Conducting the training in Nepali and English is giving us experience to make it more appropriate to Nepali conditions.