Date: 14 January 2019
Time: 9.30 AM to 5.00 PM
Venue: Hotel Yak & Yeti
British Council Nepal hosted its second Annual Education Symposium on 14 January. The theme of this year’s symposium wasTeachers’ Professional Development. The event brought together policy makers, planners, administrators, head teachers, teachers, researchers, NGO and private sector and development partners to share different perspectives and discuss issues around Teacher Development in Nepal.
Nepal has changed to a federal structure of government where the responsibility for teacher education has been deployed from the previous central government to the state and local governments. Teacher development is also a top priority in the School Sector Development Plan (SSDP) which not only talks about face-to-face training but also highlights the importance of mentoring from the senior teachers, action research and other blended forms of professional development. These changes in structures and education priorities pave way for challenges and great opportunities around teacher’s professional development in Nepal. This symposium provided a platform for presentations and discussions around the same at policy and practice levels, involving Nepali decision-makers and stakeholders, and members of the wider education community.
The symposium aimed to –
- Create a platform for the British Council and other education stakeholders to present evidence from researches and projects related to the professional development of teachers in schools.
- Facilitate informed discussion about issues and challenges around continuing professional development of teachers’ in Nepal and South Asia
- Provide opportunities for networking, information sharing and constructive dialogues