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Apr 21, 2017

Strengthening School Management Committee

Strengthening School Management Committee for improving quality of education

In 2016 PHASE conducted a series of Teacher Training and School Mentorship program in 11 schools in Kolti Village Development Committee (VDC). 58 teachers were trained and 18 outstanding teachers were provided additional training for mentoring their fellow teachers in the schools. The aim of the program is to improve access to and quality of education. PHASE also initiated follow up program of creating model classrooms and also supported in the capacity building of School Management Committee (SMC) for effective school governance. The SMC were trained and oriented as part of their awareness raising and capacity building. One of the core aims of the project was to empower two important bodies of school governance for the betterment of the school, the School Management Committee (SMC) and the Parents Teacher Association (PTA). Through this project, PHASE Nepal helped to organize regular meetings of the PTA and SMC in the schools with the expressed goal of making parents and school officials more aware of their specific roles and responsibilities in the overall management of the school including the quality of instruction. A total of 85 PTA and SMC members from 12 schools of Kolti village received the first orientation and training session from PHASE. As a direct consequence of their participation in these trainings PTA and SMC members become more aware of the powerful and positive role they can play in school management and governance.

Before participating in this training, the chairpersons of the school management committees in Kolti, would hardly dare to question school directives that came from the principals as the principals are considered educated and having a higher social status than other community members. After the training, however, these same SMC and PTA members realized their roles and responsibilities in improving the quality of education in the school through their active participation and input in decision making. The PTA and SMC members in the schools we worked with, now appreciate the legal authority and moral responsibility they have with respect to the effective management of the schools. Raju Devkota, SMC member of Chandranath Lower Secondary School said “I felt that school management committee should be more serious about improving the schools, not just relying on the principal to do everything.” These SMCs and PTA will receive a follow up orientation and additional training sessions during the duration of the project period. They were thankful for the continued support PHASE Nepal has been providing to schools to improve the quality of education.


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Mar 14, 2017

Toilets are used even by poor people

Joglal, a resident of Sipa village in ward-3 of Tauthali VDC belongs to a poor family. His father's profession was to play Shehnai in the village and with the passage of time he learnt the art of playing shehnai from his father.  It was the only source of income with which he fed his family but with great difficulty. Leave alone going to school,  Joglal was at times unable to buy shoes which he needed as he would roam around village playing shehnai. When hand to mouth survival is a challenge, people worry about it only ignoring or paying little attention to other things like cleanliness sanitation and education.

Joglal says "Since childhood I defecated in the open. I was used to it. We in the village thought toilets are used by rich and well-off people. Poor people do not have the means to construct toilets in their home nor are they supposed to use it. I would defecate in the open and would do it in different places. Even if people would see me, I would ignore as I was used to it.  With the passage of time, the population in the village increased and with it the rate of open defecation in the village. As a result the village started becoming filthy. There would be bad odor around. Slowly and gradually we realized and learnt that toilet is used not only by rich and well-off people but by people from all walks of life use it to maintain cleanliness, hygiene and health. With this realization the need for using toilet for defecation was felt by all in the village. The local government also planned to declare the district as open defecation free. The toilets were constructed and we started using toilets".

But the earthquake in April 2015, destroyed everything including our houses and toilets. People again started defecating in the open. When PHASE Nepal came to our village, all the villagers requested the organization to support in the construction of toilet. We were living in temporary shelter and open defecation was making the environment around filthy. PHASE heeded our request and provided us CGI sheets, cement, toilet pan and rod for the construction of toilet. The contribution of the villagers was labour work.  After toilet construction the village has become clean once again. We are thankful to PHASE Nepal for their support, informed Joglal.

Mar 1, 2017

PHASE health staff saved my life

"Efforts and dedication of PHASE staff saved my life"

Ms. Sango is a 20 year old woman who stays with her in-laws in Keraunja-5 of Gorkha district. Her family was badly affected by earthquake and the economic status of the family is poor. When she became pregnant she attended all the orientations on ANC provided by health staffs of PHASE Nepal. This enabled her to know various stages of her pregnancy. When the delivery date became due, she went through labour pain, but sadly enough none of the family members were at home. An FCHV and a mid wifery staying in her village rushed to help her. With the support of FCHV and mid wifery she was able to deliver a normal baby girl. Although they helped her in delivering the baby, they were unable to deliver the placenta. The placenta retained in the uterus. She was in utter pain. She immediately informed the FCHV to call health staffs of PHASE Nepal as she was confident that health staff of PHASE can deliver the placenta. The PHASE health staffs were busy working in ORC but immediately rushed to Sango's house upon knowing about her health condition. Ms. Kopila, Health Supervisor of PHASE Nepal gave oxytocin to the patient and was successful in delivering the placenta by using control cord traction method after 7 hours of efforts. Ms. Sango is thankful to PHASE health staffs for giving her a new lease of life. She says "If not for the efforts and dedication of PHASE staff, I would not have survived. I would have died without caressing my baby". I attended the ANC orientation because of which I was able to know about my pregnancy stages as well as complications that may arise during and immediately after delivery". After delivering the placenta, Sango was oriented on PNC that included breastfeeding, Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC), hygiene, immunization and family planning. She was also informed of the danger signs for post natal mother and new born baby to be aware of. She was given Vitamin A and Iron tablets.

 
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