In addition to the academic training, RBF also conducts numerous development trainings designed to cater to the individual needs of partners. RBF has created a fine amalgamation of the workshop style model and the purely academic and theoretical training. RBF”s trainings stand out as practical, reflective, meaningful and process oriented and thus allowing teachers to apply them with ease to the local realities of their schools. Described below are some training developed and conducted by RBF.
1. Reflective Workshop for School Leaders
When RBF decides to support a particular school, it provides its leaders, including Principals and members of parent-teacher associations and school management committees, with substantial exposure so that they will have incentive to improve their schools. This three- or four-day interaction program is held within the RBF premises so that participants can actually witness the essentials of an effective school—Rato Bangala. The participants then spend time visioning what they want their own schools to be like. They work to develop practical school improvement plans. Of late, with advancements in information technology, RBF has started providing workshops at the district level as well.
2. Skill Development Training for Primary Teachers
SDTPT focuses on exposing teachers who work in schools outside Kathmandu Valley to important aspects of child-centered methodologies. This ten-month training has three distinct phases: an initial two-month residential immersion, eight months of guided practice at the trainees’ own schools, and a final two-week residential follow-up before trainees are certified. Another STTPT model consists of a one-month course at the training center followed by five months in the field, and then another round of the same.
3. Level-One Child-Centered Learning
The oldest training package offered by RBF, this three-month training is best suited to in-service teachers. The practical classes allow teachers to implement what they learn in the workshops in their classrooms. Altogether 504 teachers from a majority of schools within Kathmandu Valley have participated. Rato Bangala School conducted the training for five years before handing it over to RBF in 2002.
4. Secondary-Level Teacher Training
Secondary level training is offered in English, Science and Mathematics and includes an effective Adolescent Development portion. This training provides teachers with both effective and scientific subject-specific teaching methodologies and an understanding of adolescents. A three hour theory class is offered once a week for 20 weeks. During this time the trainees complete many different assignments and work on a long-term study with students which is then exhibited. Assignments and reflections form regular part of the classroom for teachers.
5. Basic English Language Training
RBF offers many different modules for training teachers to teach English. These trainings aim to improve the trainee-teachers’ own English language skills as well as their ability to teach English in primary grades effectively.
6. Library Training
This six-day training has been designed to demonstrate to teachers the process of setting up a library from scratch and making plans for its use and maintenance. Libraries, when used effectively improve the reading habits of children and enable them to become better communicators, writers, and learners. This training is offered to interested schools. Several teachers from each of these schools take the library training.
7. Chande ka Kabita Workshops
RBF conducts workshops in chande ka kabita, a form of Nepali metered poetry, for primary and secondary school teachers. Trainees learn to recite poems and to teach recitation to students. They get an opportunity to write their own poetry, learning all the grammar behind writing in chande. In Kathmandu, a three-week, 15-hour package is offered at RBF, while at the district level, the training is an intensive three-day event.