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Article: A Radio School Program

A Radio School Program

When schools across Nepal closed in mid-Audust, Srijana (in black outfit below) and her fellows from Teach For Nepal organized themselves to develop and record lessons to launch a radio school program called ‘Ma Sikdai Chu’ (I am learning).The objective was to reach rural, low-income students that did not have internet access at home. Traditional mass communication tools such as radio have a wide reach, and a relatively low need for technical know-how makes the deployment faster and easier than scaling up internet connections.With the help of The British Council and Cambridge University Press, the 30-minute radio program is based on the school curriculum — and will be broadcasted for eight weeks with a total of 40 episodes. The content will be on-air in seven districts across Nepal. In Kutechaur, Dang, Sushmita from Grade 9 is taking the lead to guide her young siblings using the radio content. TFN Fellows then schedules weekly follow-up calls with students to guide their assignments. Below is an example of a reflection summary written by a student.In total, we awarded a grant of 100,000 NRS (approx 1,176.76 SGD) to co-fund the radio project by Teach For Nepal. Though the physical interaction and community in school can never be replaced virtually, programs like this continue to keep students engage at home.

It also supports their mental health, and gives kids something to look forward to every day.

About Teach For Nepal
Teach For Nepal Fellowship is a two-year, full-time paid program where fellows teach in public schools to bring about academic achievement and transformative impact in their students.

Listen to 'Ma Sikdai Chu' episodes on Youtube here

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