Teach English for Jobs Growth

by The Mountain Fund
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Summary

46% of Nepalis don't have jobs. Half of all Nepal households have one family living and working out of the country, mostly in the Gulf region. 2.1 million Nepalis have left the country for employment. These figures can be reversed, Nepal does not need to suffer a "brain drain" nor have half of it's families split apart. Next door neighbor India has developed a thriving trade and created hundreds of thousands of jobs buy capitalizing on India's English language abilities. Nepal can do the same.
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Challenge

English language skills are need to get a job and are very difficult to come by in Nepal. Several "tuition" schools exist but the instructors do not speak English as their first language so students have heavy accents and are unable to hold conversations with native speakers. To get work, you must speak conversational English clearly and well. That's the bottom line.

Solution

We have established a language lab that uses Rosetta Stone online software, laptops and western volunteers to help Nepalis garner the language abilities necessary to get work. Students come for two hours each day, five days per week for a month at a cost of $50. That's 40 hours of training using sophisticated speech recognition software that corrects accents and further coaching from our western volunteers in Nepal. 40 hours of Rosetta Stone will dramatically improve ability, and employability.

Long-Term Impact

If the language ability is there, Nepal can expand into BPO call center work as it's neighbor India has. The US is taking initiatives to encourage more trade with Nepal but the success of those movements will depend upon clear communication skills with US businesses. English is critical, yet not affordable for most. A trained workforce will attract more develop and jobs.

Resources

http:/​/​www.mountainfund.org

Organization Information

The Mountain Fund

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.mountainfund.org
Project Leader:
Scott MacLennan
International Director
Albuquerque, New Mexico United States

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