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Kathmandu, Nepal (Outgoing Program)
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|Restrictions:||Princeton applicants only|
|Dept Offering Program:||International Internship Program (IIP)||Program Type:||Internship|
|Degree Level:||1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students||Time Away:||Summer|
|Housing options:||Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization||Program Group:||International Internship Program|
Srijanalaya is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that creates safe spaces of learning through the arts - visual, performing, and language arts. We are a growing community of artists and educators who offer creative mediums as alternative approaches to rote learning and teaching from static textbooks.
Interest in education, South Asian History, Fine Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, Literature (Any combination of these interests alongside Education); Research skills (qualitative and quantitative background), teaching experience if possible; a knowledge of a south Asian language will be helpful but not necessary.
Work responsibilities: The intern will be working in one or in a combination of the following projects.
As a team of artists and educators, we work one-on-one with primary school teachers in schools around Kathmandu to incorporate the arts into regular classroom teaching/subjects. The main focus is project-based, enquiry-based, learning. We design the lessons with the teachers and help them try it out in their classrooms. Simultaneously, we create video tutorials as teacher resources. The intern will be responsible for being an integral part of the team, writing up the lessons, and supporting either the direct teaching part and/or documentation part of the work. Depending on the interest of the student, they can also carry out an independent research around the way the lessons are or are not supporting the children’s learning.
ArtWorks! Sangai Khelaun project:
A team of artists (visual, performing, and language artists) and educators travel to marginalized communities to do art workshops for about seven days. The workshops incorporate the local contexts. The goal is to inspire the school and communities of the students to bring creative thinking and mediums into the classroom as well as bridge the gaps between classroom learning and their local contexts.
Museum Education Workshops at the Patan Museum project:
We are beginning to be involved in creating interactive educational tours at the Patan Museum for school students with the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust. Depending on the intern’s own expertise and interests, they can be an integral part of the workshops, including planning and working directly with the children. There is an interactive map that we use for these tours.
Knowledge Production project:
1) Create teacher resources – photo tutorials, video tutorials, and written lesson plans
2) Orient teachers around these resources
3) Create educational materials such as children’s books and educational toys
4) Do research around the existing programs
This is an ongoing initiative to document the work we do and transform them into concrete teacher resources as well as try to create a reflective process where we can become part of a larger discourse of education. The intern will be largely involved in this component of our work.
Innovation in Education Fair (IEF) 2019 project:
The Innovation in Education Fair (IEF) is a forum for educational professionals to discuss how to make our teaching and learning practices more engaging, meaningful, and memorable for students and teachers. It features organizations and individuals working to introduce innovative approaches to education in Nepal. The Fair creates immersive experiences for teachers, guardians, and administrators in these approaches through exhibits, workshops, presentations, screenings and performances. It hopes to provide a springboard for collaborative efforts that make learning a fun, memorable and experiential process. The intern can be part of organizing the Fair and/or participate in the three to four day event where there will be teachers from many different schools as well as educational professionals who are part of a progressive education movement in Nepal.
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