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Jul 21, 2017

Training motivates teachers

Among 75 districts in Nepal, Bajura is ranked 75 as per the HDI report 2016. PHASE Nepal Teacher Training program aims to improve the learning environments of schools in 5 Village Development Committees (VDCs) of Bajura, through an intensive teacher training and follow up support to teachers.

The specific activities are:

  • Train and provide follow up support for 350 teachers
  • Train  mentor teachers to provide school-based monitoring and support
  • Recruit, Train and Support and  1 new trainer to build him/her as  a master trainer
  • Train all 350 teachers on gender sensitivity in schools.

 The teacher training program consisted of:

-          Classroom baseline assessment

-          Awareness-Level training in teaching methodology

-          Gender Sensitivity training (1-day course)

-          Post training classroom observation

-          Selection of mentor teachers

-          Training of Trainers (TOT) for mentor teachers (2 days training, 5-days observation/feedback)

-          Peer observation, feedback and reporting from mentor teachers

-          Focus group discussions with female students

 All activities were conducted in coordination with District Education Office, Bajura, community members, local resource centre and PHASE staff.

 The following were the achievements from the teacher training program

-          361 teachers completed the awareness-level training and gender sensitivity training

-          361 teachers had pre and post-course assessment and ongoing observation and feedback

-          78 mentor teachers completed the Training of Trainers course and provided ongoing support other teachers in their school

 “The PHASE approach is unique and we appreciate that you first observe the teachers in the classroom before the training and supplement the missing elements during the training. Many of the teachers from my school have been observed for the first time through this program. PHASE teacher training has rejuvenated our enthusiasm for teaching. The best part of it is the continuous follow up and feedback. Being selected as a mentor is a big opportunity for me. It’s great because we teachers are sharing ideas with each other and there is an environment of interaction in the school.”

         Bir Jung Shahi, Principal of Budhinanda Primary School in Kolti (Bajura).


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May 31, 2017

Prolonged but twin babies delivered successfully a

Humla district is still not connected with road so access to district is through plane which operates from only district headquarter and other is to walk to the nook and corners of the district. PHASE Nepal has been working in Humla district for over 8 years now and has been providing health and education services. It has been working in some of the most remote VDCs in the district.  Maila is one the very remote VDC of Humla situated at a distance of 48 miles from the district headquarters. The people were aloof from even basic health facilities before PHASE Nepal started working in the VDC. People visit Health post where PHASE Nepal provides health services and free medicines to the people.

Mrs. Putla, a 45 year old woman was pregnant. It was the 13th time she had become pregnant and all her previous pregnancies were successful bearing 12 offsprings. When she started suffering from labour pain her husband rushed her to the health post where PHASE Nepal health staff work with government staff. The government staff were not present but health staff of PHASE Nepal were present. Upon inspection it was found that she had twins in her womb hence health staff informed her husband to take Mrs. Putla to either Nepalgunj or Kolti and gave him a referral letter for the same. But because of the poor economic status and the time needed to take her to any of the places, her husband requested the health staff to deliver the babies in Maila health post. He signed a waiver letter also for this. His first baby was delivered at around 5 in the morning. The health staff informed him that the other twin baby should be delivered within two hours, if not then she had to be taken to Kolti.

Putla's husband was informed to manage fund for the travel expenses. He went to his village to arrange for funds but had to return empty handed. The two hours had passed and PHASE health staffs were worried. Their expertise in such cases was limited hence to save her life, they contacted experts in Kathmandu for advice and guidance. From the telephonic instructions they were able to deliver other twin baby at 12.55 in the noon. It is rare that a twin is delivered after such a prolonged period. Although it was a case of prolonged twin delivery but both the babies were present in vertex hence the advice and guidance of experts enabled the health staff to deliver the second twin even after prolonged period.

Putla's husband is thankful to health staff of PHASE Nepal for saving the lives of his wife and twin babies.

May 18, 2017

Fund is insufficient

PHASE’s staff nurse Nisha, who died last August, was hardworking, sincere and committed to serving the poor and needy people. She had left an easy job of instructor in a medical college to work with PHASE Nepal in remote Sirdibas VDC, Gorkha district that was badly affected by the earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015. On 8th August, 2016 Nisha was on duty accompanying a young mother named Preeti and her 5 day old baby on their journey to hospital: The women had a serious postpartum infection and the baby had a fever. Both were being airlifted to Kathmandu for further treatment. Three other family members of the new mother were also on board. Tragically, due to bad weather and poor visibility, the helicopter crashed and all the passengers including Nisha died in the crash.

Nisha always gave importance to education and had promised her younger brother to put him through college. To honour Nisha’s memory, PHASE Nepal decided to set up a fund to commemorate her commitment, sincerity and dedication towards education. The fund will be utilized to educate under privileged and needy children from Nisha's home village or from the village in which she was working. All of the staff at PHASE Nepal donated one day of salary towards setting up the fund which amounted to Nrs 260,305/ (US $ 2600).  $675/ has been raised from GlobalGiving and Virgin Money Giving in the UK has raised 1752 pounds. PHASE Nepal hopes to collect US$25,000/- which will enable under privileged children to gain education. But even after 9 months, sufficent fund has not been raised to fulfill the objective. PHASE Nepal has planned to donate 100,000/- (Nepali Rupees) to Laxmi daughter of Preeti, lactating mother who died in the crash for her education and the decision on utilization of remaining fund will be done in the immediate future. PHASE Nepal is still expecting additional fund and requests all the generous donors to kindly donate towards a noble cause of educating under privileged children in memory of Nisha. 
 
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