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IOE academic co-writes report exploring successful learning in Nepal

9 November 2020

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) academic Professor Douglas Bourn has co-written a British Council report looking at successful learning in Nepal.

Group of Nepalese children. Image: Rebecca Zaal via Pexels

The report ‘Developing successful learning in Nepal: Insights on curriculum, teaching methods and school leadership' features case studies from researchers, teachers and practitioners within the country. It also reviews research literature from international academics examining the opportunities, challenges and best practice unfolding in the Nepalese school system.

The publication is divided into two sections with the first covering core skills in the curriculum, employability skills, international perspectives on learning, the changing role of school leaders and attributes of school leaders. The second part looks at case studies from classrooms in Nepal and Asia.

Professor Bourn (Development Education Research Centre) co-writes one chapter with Alina Laurent Olive looking at Nepal’s School Sector Development Plan (SSDP), which encourages schools to implement more learner-centred and interactive pedagogy rather than memorisation. However, they note that the aims are not being met in the schools. They stress that the plans should match up local, national and international cultures so that reforms can be implemented sustainably.

Another chapter, written by Aamna Pasha and Professor Bourn looks at partnerships between schools in Nepal and the UK. They examine how the use of video platforms and visits between the schools can help to fulfil the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal on education, which includes a commitment to better global citizenship education. These partnerships should have an equal flow of ideas between both schools and avoid portraying Nepali contexts as unusual.

The research was recently discussed in a webinar bringing together four authors of the publication.