Students of Shree Rastriya Chandra Ganga Madhyamik School of Surkhet district were only limited to text books and theoretical teaching methodologies until a year ago. Now a year after, assistant principal of the school Mr. Dhaniram Sharma says, he has seen a transformation in his entire school family, which includes both students and teachers. Students of the school, who were unaware of the educational and cultural world outside the school walls today have become more of global citizens, says Sharma and adds, “Ever since we implemented International School Award (ISA) programme in our school, we have grown all for good.”
Sharma explains, “Our teaching method was just based on text books and our information was limited around our own spaces. For example, we were teaching students about importance of Nepali festivals before we introduced ISA. With implementation of ISA, we made our students communicate with our partner schools from Sri Lanka and India and made them share information about each other’s culture and festivals. This helped our students widen their knowledge about celebration of festivals beyond borders, lifestyle of other people from other culture and faiths. Our students were very happy to share cultural values across borders. When students are more informed than before, it becomes imperative for teachers to update their knowledge and skills too. Thus the ISA has benefited both our students and teachers in the learning process.”
Shree Rastriya Chandra Ganga School who also received ISA Award organized by British Council Nepal for 2018 is extremely happy to be acknowledged and is committed to enhancing teaching techniques in years to come.
Assistant principal Sharma further elaborates that his students are now more eager to learn than what is available in text books. They are keen on growing their knowledge around digital education and more vocal in presenting their skills and knowledge.
He says, “Our students and teachers both have understood that we live in a global village and knowledge multiplies by sharing across diversity around us”.
ISA has encouraged students to form student council, clubs where they could address their own problems and try to find out solutions by themselves first. It has further enhanced their confidence level to speak in masses, to address social issues, to share ideas, to participate in community development programme and to question more to find practical reasoning.
Sharma concludes, “I request other schools to be a part of the ISA programme as well because this programme empowers students. It encourages them to learn in an exciting and practical manner. When learning is fun, students grow faster and can build a better society in near future.