Part-time Primary Teacher Training in Abiding Heart Education™
Himalayan Region only

Course details

Entry requirements: High school English, mathematics and science, Grade C or high school 10+2 or 9 years of Shedra training;

Language: All classes and instruction in English. For Tibetan and Nepalese speakers only there will be a translator available. All other candidates must have good standard English to be able to participate in the course.
Duration: Minimum 4 years, part-time course
Assessment: Continuous assessment including attendance, class participation, written assignments, oral presentations, reflective practice and preparing lessons and activities for primary education. 
Award: Primary Teaching Certificate in Abiding Heart Education™ 

Course Overview
This part-time teacher training course has been specifically designed for Himalayan primary and lower secondary school teachers who are currently teaching in the Himalayan regions. Graduates of this four-year training course will receive a Primary Teaching Certificate in Abiding Heart Education™.

 

Our course aims to preserve the unique Tibetan and Himalayan Buddhism and culture, while introducing transformational and post-modern education practices, as a foundation for primary education in the Buddhist Himalayas. 

Abiding Heart Education has designed a primary (and lower secondary) curriculum for class 1-8 specifically for this region, which integrates the principles of Waldorf Education with Tibetan Buddhism and is fully embedded in Buddhist Himalayan Tibetan language and culture. Through this, we aim to contribute to and broaden both government and private sector primary education curriculum.

 

About the Course
The course will empower primary school teachers with the knowledge, skills and understanding to create a nurturing and stimulating learning environment in primary education to support child development. Evidence shows that nurturing experiences of such positive learning environments supports the development of self-esteem and confidence and increases the likelihood of children continuing in education. 

Students will receive a theoretical and practical understanding of primary education based on Abiding Heart Education’s experiential Buddhist learning approach and the cultural heritage of the High Himalayas. On the course, you will learn: 

  • Buddhist psychology, developmental science and the fundamental and philosophical basis of primary education.

  • Curriculum studies content and application.

  • Curriculum development and lesson planning

  • Artistic activities, such as drawing, painting, clay modelling, woodcarving, handwork and stone carving.

  • How children learn in middle childhood from age 7-14. 

  • Students will also receive a foundation in experiential Buddhist studies, which includes Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and Himalayan Buddhist arts as well as transformational experiential arts. 

New students can join the course during our winter/spring residency, starting with curriculum studies or foundation studies, or for our summer/autumn residency, starting with modules in child development (please see below for further details). Students can enrol on individual courses or complete all the courses offered during these residencies, building up credits towards their diploma over a minimum of four years. Over time, students must complete all learning course to graduate with the diploma.   


Students who are based in Kathmandu will also be able to attend some additional primary training courses that are ordinarily only available to trainee primary teachers on our full-time course. These will be taught on Abiding Heart’s campus. 

Ideally, students should have an existing placement at a primary school, so that they can develop and reflect upon their skills, knowledge and understanding in relation to their own practice. Please contact us if you require a primary school placement as we may be able to support you to link with a local Waldorf school or a monastic school in Kathmandu. 

Because of the urgency to protect Buddhist Himalayan culture, Abiding Heart Education has undertaken to translate some of Abiding Heart primary curriculum into the Tibetan language. Teachers will have access to rich materials in Tibetan, which support children’s sense of self and cultural identity while preserving their native language and ancient Buddhist traditions. 
                     
Course Outline
This part-time teaching diploma course will run over four years and will involve two blocks of teaching a year: 

  • A 6-8-week winter or spring residency on the Abiding Heart campus.

  • A 6-11-week summer or autumn residency.

 

 

Year 1, Winter Residency (1), Mid January to Mid March (9 weeks)

 

Buddhist Foundation Studies 

  • Buddhist Philosophy: The Foundational Vehicle 

  • Buddhist Philosophy: Mahayana 

  • Understanding and Practicing Buddhist Meditation: Shamatha Himalayan Buddhist Arts

  • Transformative Experiential Arts 

  • Himalayan Crafts 

 

Year 1 Summer Residency (2), July to September and a weekend in November (10 weeks)

  • Child Development from Birth to Rebirth (online course) 

  • Meditation

  • Himalayan Buddhist Arts 

  • Transformational child development related arts 

  • Child observation 

 

Year 2,  Spring Residency (3), April to Mid May, (6 weeks)

  • Buddhist Philosophy: Vajrayana 

  • Karma with Ven. Mingyur Rinpoche. 

  • Karma and Biography Work 

  • Understanding and practicing Buddhist Meditation: Vipassana and Preliminary Vajrayana 

 

Year 2, Autumn Residency (4), September to October (8 weeks)

  • Learning Theories: Buddhist teaching and learning methodology and the Buddhist styles of learning and practice; Complementary contemporary learning theories. 

  • Abiding Heart Education™ Primary Curriculum Overview: Class 1–8 

  • Abiding Heart Education™  Primary Curriculum Studies: Class 1–4: History and Cultural studies; Literacy and Numeracy 

  • Meditation

  • Pedagogical Transformative Arts 

  • Music and Singing for Class 1–4 

  • Himalayan Buddhist Arts 

  • imalayan Crafts 

  • Child Study

 

Year 3: Winter Residency (5), January to March (7 weeks)

Primary Curriculum Studies: Class 1–4 

  • Abiding Heart Education™ Primary Curriculum Studies: Class 1–4: 

  • Sense-Based Science and Sustainability Education Curriculum; 

  • Teaching in a Bilingual Classroom: Curriculum and Teaching Methodology 

  • Meditation for teachers 

  • Child assessment 

  • Drama and Class Plays for Class 1–4 

  • Himalayan arts and crafts as children’s pedagogy 

  • Pedagogical Transformational Arts and Crafts 

  • Making Teaching and Learning Resources for Class 1–4 

  • Music and Singing 

 

Year 3: Summer/Autumn Residency (6), July to September (7 weeks)

  • Experiential Buddhism for Class 1–4 

  • Meditation for teachers 

  • Child assessment 

  • Drama and Class Plays for Class 1–4 

  • Himalayan arts and crafts as children’s pedagogy 

  • Pedagogical Transformational Arts and Crafts 

  • Making Teaching and Learning Resources for Class 1–4 

  • Music and Singing 

  • Abiding Heart Education™ Primary Curriculum Studies: Class 5–8: History and cultural studies 

 

Year 4: Winter/Spring Summer Residency (7), April to May (7 weeks)

  • Abiding Heart EducationTM Primary Curriculum Studies: Class 5–8: 

  • Literacy for Class: Developing various styles of writing skills 

  • Mathematics; Geometry; Algebra;

  • Teaching in a Bilingual Classroom 

  • Drama and Class Plays for Class 5–8 

  • Movement, Physical Education and Games 

  • Music and Singing 

  • Meditation for teachers 

  • Pedagogical Himalayan Arts

  • Pedagogical Transformative Arts and Crafts 

 

Year 4: Autumn/Winter Residency (8), October to November (7 weeks)

  • Experiential Buddhism for Class 5–8 

  • Drama and Class Plays for Class 5–8 

  • Movement, Physical Education and Games 

  • Music and Singing 

  • Meditation for teachers 

  • Pedagogical Himalayan Arts (Charya dance)

  • Pedagogical Transformative Arts and Crafts 

 

Entry Requirements
Himalayan nationals, resident in the Himalayan region, who are currently teaching primary, or nuns and monks who are interested in this training are eligible to apply. Students will need to have the resources to participate in training for part of the year.*

  • High school English, mathematics and science, Grade C or equivalent or high school 10+2 or 9 years of Shedra education.

*Full scholarships are only available for Nuns and monks; Teachers teaching in Tergar monasteries; Teachers teaching in one of Tergar Charities projects. 

 

For more details about the course, please contact:

Admissions @abidingheart.education

For an informal conversation please contact dhakpa41@gmail.com, or Khenpo Urgyen if you are involved with Tergar monastery or Tergar Charities: khenpoorgyenwoser@gmail.com

Abiding Heart Education, Chhaktole Height, Karkana Road, Nagarjun, Kathmandu, Nepal

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