What We Do

NTTI is one of the few training models that focuses on how to teach rather than what to teach.

NTTI teachers learn how to encourage critical and creative thinking by facilitating collaborative learning opportunities and class discussions, giving children a chance to articulate their own ideas and to learn from each other. NTTI teachers are also able to create nurturing, child-friendly learning environments and become proficient with disciplinary techniques that do not involve physical punishment.

Children are the primary beneficiaries of NTTI because their NTTI-trained teachers are able to make learning a safe and exciting process of discovery.

School Administrators also benefit from NTTI training because they learn how to identify, attract, support, and retain the most talented and committed teachers for their students.

“From the NTTI training, I learned that the students should be active learners and the teacher should be more of a facilitator. I learned the importance of having students work in small groups and be asked to express their own ideas and opinions. Lastly, I learned that I must be loving and encouraging rather than strict so students are not afraid to talk.”–Primary-level teacher, Takshashila Academy, Awareness-Level Pilot Course, 2008

“Since my teacher went to this training, my classes have been more interesting. Before, my teachers used to lecture all the time and it was hard to give all my attention. Now my teacher asks us to say what we think and she let us work with partners Also, my teacher stopped beating us when we make a mistake. This is good for me because I was very scared of the stick so I never raised my hand. I am coming to school every day now and I am understanding the work better.”–Rita Shrestha, Grade 4

“This was the best training I have ever attended because we learned how to make material come alive for our students. Now my teachers really know what quality instruction should look like!"–Dol Raj Pandey, Principal, Shrijana Higher Secondary School


NTTI teachers learn about the following research-based best teaching practices:

Collaborative LearningCollaborative Learning

Collaborative Learning

Learning StylesLearning Styles

Learning Styles

Lesson PlanningLesson Planning

Lesson Planning and on-going assessment

Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking

Critical Thinking

Child Friendly Learning EnvironmentsChild Friendly Learning Environments

Child Friendly Learning Environments

Fostering CreativityFostering Creativity

Fostering Creativity

NTTI works in partnership with  PHASE-Nepal, a Nepali NGO with more than six years of success working in remote communities, to train teachers in some of the most remote and underserved parts of the country. NTTI and PHASE-Nepal will initially focus on two districts, Sindupolchowk and North Gorkha, which have some of the lowest literacy rates and highest rates of attrition among girls. In Sindupolchowk, the literacy rate is 30%, significantly below the national average of 52% and the district has the highest rate of human trafficking in Nepal. In North Gorkha, where most villages are a 3-7 days walk from the nearest road, the literacy rates and school completion rates for girls are near 0%. Only 50 people from the 7 Village Development Communities (VDCs) where we will be working have completed the 10th grade.

In addition to teacher training, NTTI is  also offering empowerment workshops for girls. These Her Turn -Girls Education and Empowerment Project  workshops  deal with issues pertaining to  health, nutrition, puberty, safety, leadership skills and  self-advocacy. The project targets girls ages 10-14 who live in communities with especially high rates of attrition and human trafficking. Her Turn girls participate in a community action project to address the specific needs of women and girls in their village. A  standing Her Turn committee is created to serve as a resource for local girls who are either at risk or in crisis.

Her Turn has a strong self-advocacy component as girls are required to identify issues that make life difficult for the women and girls in their communities and to plan and execute a project to address this need. Her Turn girls, in collaboration with other women from the community, form a standing committee that becomes a resource for girls in that area who are at risk or in crisis. To find out more about Her Turn, please visit www.her-turn.org.  

An important note about sustainability

NTTI works alongside existing government structures to create local capacity to deliver training within the government system. Local teachers are trained to work as Mentors, capable of providing on-going monitoring and teacher support at their respective school sites, ensuring sustainability of training impact.