About

Introduction

Rato Bangala Foundation seeks to ensure the right of all Nepali children to a good-quality education. Since its inception in 2002, RBF as worked as a training institute which provides various types of training to primary and secondary school teachers. More specifically, it collaborates closely with Bank Street College of Education in New York and Kathmandu University in Nepal to run an in-service Primary Teacher Training Programme. In the first few decades after Nepal’s entry into the modern era, the government focused on the construction of education infrastructure and increasing access to schools. Today, access to primary education is almost universal, for both boys and girls. The quality of education students receive is an entirely different matter, however, as is highlighted by the huge dropout rate at the secondary level. To increase the ability of schools to retain students by offering them a meaningful education in a child-friendly environment, RBF focuses on improving classroom practices, particularly in government schools, where there is profound need for such improvement.RBF’s aim to improve educational quality dovetails nicely with the core objectives of the United Nations’ Education-for-All initiative and the Millennium Development Goals.

Rato Bangala Foundation seeks to ensure the right of all Nepali children to a good-quality education. Since its inception in 2002, RBF as worked as a training institute which provides various types of training to primary and secondary school teachers. More specifically, it collaborates closely with Bank Street College of Education in New York and Kathmandu University in Nepal to run an in-service Primary Teacher Training Programme. In the first few decades after Nepal’s entry into the modern era, the government focused on the construction of education infrastructure and increasing access to schools. Today, access to primary education is almost universal, for both boys and girls. The quality of education students receive is an entirely different matter, however, as is highlighted by the huge dropout rate at the secondary level. To increase the ability of schools to retain students by offering them a meaningful education in a child-friendly environment, RBF focuses on improving classroom practices, particularly in government schools, where there is profound need for such improvement.RBF’s aim to improve educational quality dovetails nicely with the core objectives of the United Nations’ Education-for-All initiative and the Millennium Development Goals.

Stakeholders

The direct stakeholder is the student, whose overall (social and academic) wellbeing and development is the central aim of RBF’s work. Three other key stakeholdersare school administrators, teachers, and parents, without whose support and commitment, students will not benefit.

Visionary School Leaders
School leaders must create a vision of a child-friendly school that caters to the developmental needs of each student, provides a supportive environment for teachers, and ensures the active participation of parents. RBF’s experience has shown that when school leaders observe educational institutions that function well, they strive to make their own schools better.
For schools to function well and best serve students, teachers must be equipped with the basic skills required for meaningful teaching. When they acquire the capability to create opportunities for students to learn in the classroom, they find meaning in their work and create a better environment for students. Teachers need empowerment and encouragement, and RBF ensures that they get it.
Once parents observe classrooms and see what and how students learn, they begin to value their children’s education more and become active in their children’s learning. In consequence, they desire to actively support the school and take part in its development. Their involvement in turn cultivates a sense of ownership and they become active members of an academic community. A whole-school approach is a win-win situation in which each stakeholder group benefits more from the collective efforts of all other stakeholder groups than it would individually. When all members of a school community feel that they are inalienable parts of that community, they feel empowered to and desirous of contributing to its further development. The end result is a better school for the students.

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It is with great pleasure that we launch the new website for Rato Bangala Foundation. Established more than two decades ago, RBF has worked fastidiously to add value to education for children in Nepal. Working with both public and private schools, RBF strives to bring child-centered methodologies and hands-on learning in safe and enjoyable classrooms for children by molding skilled, caring and professional teachers. Till date it has trained over 7000 teachers from various parts of the country, with teachers from Kathmandu, Dailekh, Gulmi, Dolakha and Kavre being the primary beneficiaries. The work done by the Foundation is directly linked to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). At the World Education Forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea in May 2015, representatives of the global education community signed the Incheon Declaration, embracing the proposed Sustainable Development Goal 4 as the single universal education goal, which commits countries to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. SDG 4 and its targets advance a model where learning ultimately, in all its shapes and forms, has the power to nourish people’s minds and influence their choices to create more just, inclusive and sustainable societies. To advance progress towards SDG 4 and its targets, the global education community adopted the Education 2030 Framework for Action in Paris in November 2015 (UNESCO, 2015a).

Progress towards the Millennium Development Goal of universal Primary Education has been impressive in Nepal, with a 96% net enrollment and total gender parity according to the statistics of 2016. However, the focus on access, although essential, has been at the cost of quality. Poor teacher selection, teacher training and motivation continue to perpetuate low academic performance in schools. Other factors include lack of quality standards, supervision, and ineffective school management and leadership of principals. In the home, parents, however eager, are unable to support and provide guidance to children. Moreover, discriminatory policies and practices result in students from the most privileged groups receiving 10 years of schooling but children from the most marginalized groups (particularly girls from the Tarai) having less than one year of schooling.

The Consolidated Equity Strategy for school education provides much hope for increasing access and quality of education for marginalized students, however, the strategy has to be implemented effectively in order for the benefits to reach the intended population. Following the School Sector Reform Plan, the School Sector Development Plan (SSDP) (2016-2023) is facilitating the smooth decentralization of the education system, addressing the gaps in areas of teacher selection, training, morale, standards, identity based inequities, and more. Through comprehensive cross-sectoral partnerships the ultimate goal of the SSDP is to harness the power of education to graduate Nepal from least developed country status by 2023. Much work needs to be done in order to raise the standard of education overall, and to reach underserved populations by providing true equitable services, and RBF has remained and will continue to remain committed to tackling this work. For its work in teacher training, RBF received the prestigious UNESCO-Hamdan Prize for Teacher Training in 2012. With the proceeds from this award, and the support of many Development Partners in Nepal, RBF conducted an international level conference titled "Quality it the Classroom: A Development Imperative for Nepal" in April 2013.

Recently, Rato Bangala has embarked on a number of projects to further our commitment to enhance the quality  of education in Nepal. Rato Bangala Partnership in Outreach Program, RBPOP Phase III, which embarked on the Lead Schools of Lalitpur to change school culture and graduate students who have the skills to negotiate the 21st century. In addition, the Early Childhood Development (ECD) project has focused on training teachers of the same 13 schools of Lalitpur to effectively run the 30 ECD classrooms. RBF also undertook the Earthquake Drill and Safety Preparedness Plans, supported by the Give to Asia Foundation, in which 20 schools in Lalitpur were taught disaster safety preparedness. The Santi School Project commenced work in six schools of Kavre with support from Global Giving, USA. The schools involved in the project have set up impressive libraries and classrooms with materials donated by RBF. Better Education Better Children (BEBEC) project undertook commendable work, leaving all 49 participating schools in Kavre equipped with a fully functional School Improvement Plans in place. Our beloved and very successful Bal Sahitya Mahotsav (BSM), pioneered by Rato Bangala Group of Institutions, has been taken to schools outside the premises. This year schools in Jiri, Dhading and Lalitpur conducted their own version of BSM.


RBF continues to bring innovative and meaningful teaching methods and material into Nepali classrooms. Of note is the English audio tape which is developed for independent learning by students in the secondary level, and for use by teachers in the primary level classrooms. The work for the audio-tapes have been done with support from the Curriculum Development Center of Nepal. Presently RBF together with World Education has developed an effective package to teach reading (Nepali) in the early grades. This package is being piloted in many schools around the country and is being revised and refined to expand to even more schools in Nepal. It is clear that no matter how much money is spent in education or how good the physical facilities of schools are, little will happen for the future development if the teaching/learning practices within classrooms are not transformed. Focused programming that pays particular attention to details and efficiency must be implemented. Improving education at the mass level is a difficult proposition, but it is essential if we are to ensure a better future for our children, generations yet unborn, and tackle poverty and hunger. In reviewing the education goals within the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon spoke of the need to abandon the 'business as usual' approach and to instead invest time and effort, among other things, on training teachers correctly. This focus on teacher training is appropriate and lies at the heart of improving education. The focus on teacher training may be considered unglamorous by some and obvious by others, but as noted by the UN Secretary-General, this element is crucial for Nepal in order to develop hope for the future. We hope that this website is able to bring to you the essence of Rato Bangala Foundation.


All of these programs would not be possible without the overflow of support from our community. We thank Rato Bangala School and parents for partnering with RBF to create RBPOP to improve the government school system of Nepal. Rato Bangala parents realize what good education can do for children, and children all over Nepal to have this strong platform from which to grow. Through activities like these, we have initiated an inspiring trend in the country and will continue to work together with the concerned authorities at the local, provincial and central levels of government.

Finally we thank all individuals working in Rato Bangala School, Rato Bangala Kitab, and Rato Bangala Foundation for their sincere dedication in striving to make the Foundation’s work meaningful.  


Shanta Dixit

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The Foundation occupies two stories of a building, within the Premises of the Rato Bangala School but is a separate entity. The Foundation comprises a total of 6 office rooms for all staff members which includes the publications Department, an office for the accountant, a room for the trainers etc. In addition the Foundation consists of two large training rooms for long and short term training purposes.

Coverage Area
  • Bajhang
  • Bardiya
  • Myagdi
  • Dolakha
  • Rupandehi
  • Kaski
  • Gulmi
  • Gorkha