We have been teaching the children according to the national curriculum of the Educational Association of Nepal. In the curriculum, the children must study English, Nepali, Science, Math, Social and General Knowledge as well as creative lessons like Computing, Music, Art and Drawing.
As the children have progressed through their studies learning materials have become increasingly difficult. Our students have worked hard at their studies to meet this challenge and to ensure that they maintain strong grades. Teaching methods have also been modified for the older students to be more study-focused. We continue to be happy with the enthusiasm and performance of our teaching staff and have noticed that the positivity displayed by our teachers is being reflected by our student’s, with children competing to be the “first one” to class.
Our teaching and learning activities continue to focus on active learning and child participation, rather than rote learning. This way of teaching has proven very helpful for the holistic development of the Moonlight Children. We have also made it a part of our long-term goals to ensure that our students are well prepared for the Secondary Education Examination (SEE). The SEE is a nation-wide exam that is completed at the end of class 10 and following this exam student can proceed to higher education at a college or university level. The SEE exam is very important for the children’s future and the Moonlight School is putting into place a series of procedures to ensure that our students can achieve their full potential in this task.
It is also very good that the children learn that they must study hard to be a strong student and stand first by competing with their friends. The school organizes a prize distribution program for first, second, third and so on, so the children’s target becomes being first in their subjects and being an obedient and conscientious student. This structure encourages the children to improve as a cohort, thus improving the average level, and guiding them to come to school regularly and follow the teachers.
A school report is given to all the parents that contains information about the behavioural pattern of the student which helps the teachers and parents to make early changes to ensure that the student moves forward in their life in the right direction.
Along with teaching, we are also very conscious about discipline. We have rules when the children enter the school: they must love the younger, respect the older as well as teachers and visitors. The children are very polite and are under the school’s discipline. Additionally, we teach the children to follow this discipline wherever they are,be it at home, travelling, visiting friends and relatives house or in public places, etc. We arrange parents meeting every end of months to evaluate the children’s activities outside and inside the school. Both, teachers and parents take feedback from children’s activities in the school and at home to determine together if they are acting out of discipline and not paying attention at school or home.
Moreover, our teaching and learning activities continue to focus on active learning and child participation, rather than rote learning. This way of teaching has proven very helpful for the holistic development of Moonlight Children.