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Nov 13, 2015

Teacher Training by PHASE Nepal Leaves a Lasting Impact in Thumpakhar

Algebra Tiles for Subject Specific Training
Algebra Tiles for Subject Specific Training

When Miss Goma, a maths teacher in Grade IV, enters the classroom with her pink school kurta and smiling face, students greet her with enthusiasm and awe as they know it’s time for an interesting and fun lesson.

“Children what do you know about angles? Can you show me an angle in or around the classroom?” she asks and students eagerly raise their hands.

Miss Goma knows from the Awareness Level Training conducted by PHASE Nepal that it is crucial to build curiosity in the classroom in order to open up the children’s minds for learning. As the class goes on, I can see students making acute, obtuse and right angles with their elbows; students gather in groups to discuss and solve a particular question they were asked, before doing sums in their notebooks.

This is an observation made by Bikash, a Master Trainer of PHASE Nepal, who has been conducting training in remote schools in Nepal. Goma teaches at Devi Secondary School, one of the 16 schools in Thumpakhar that benefited from the Teacher Training programmes that were run by PHASE Nepal. Thumpakhar is situated in the Sindhupalchowk district – about 4 hours drive from Kathmandu, Nepal's capital.

The PHASE Nepal Education Team carried out a four day long Subject Specific Training programme for 52 primary level teachers in Thumpakhar, Thulopakhar and Petku after the success of the Best Teaching Practices and Mentorship training in the area. During the training, the teachers were taught and practised several interactive activities for teaching mathematics and English.

After attending the Subject Specific Training on maths by PHASE Nepal, Miss Goma told the trainers: “The Best Teaching Practices training transformed my way of teaching and your follow up training on maths gave me several brilliant ideas of employing best teaching practices in the classroom in more effective ways. I especially like the use of algebra tiles to consolidate the abstract algebraic concept, like negative addition and subtraction. Thank you to PHASE Nepal for making all these good things possible.”

Shyam Thapa, the Resource Person of Thumpakhar, who personally took part in all the training and follow-up events by PHASE Nepal on behalf of the District Education Office of Sindhupalchowk, said:“I feel great about working with PHASE Nepal. I have personally attended every session of your trainings – Awareness Level Training, Training of Teachers, and now the Subject Specific Training on Math and Science. As an Resource Person, I have seen classes taught by the teachers and I am amazed by how effectively the teachers are incorporating new ideas in their classroom.”

Subject Specific Training for English
Subject Specific Training for English
Subject Specific Training for English
Subject Specific Training for English
Oct 15, 2015

Poisoning in Maila Village

PHASE provides life saving health care
PHASE provides life saving health care

The community of Maila village, one of the most remote in the world, lacks basic provision to healthcare and transportation. Located in the mountainous Humla district and with no health post within a 60km radius, the journey to access healthcare would take days were it not for PHASE’s healthcare project in this isolated community. PHASE’s work provides qualified health workers and health provisions, such as medicines and equipment, as well as essential health education. (More information on PHASE’s essential healthcare work)

 

The healthcare workers trained by PHASE face an extraordinary variety of health problems, from leprosy and typhoid to malnutrition. The lack of any other medical support in Maila means that the healthcare professionals have to be ready to face any medical issue, be it worms or burns. One particularly demanding case was that of a Maila villager who unknowingly ate part of a poisonous plant. The symptoms of the poisoning case were particularly alarming; inability to taste; extremely low blood pressure; vision problems; dizziness and difficulty breathing.

 

Healthcare professionals of the Maila village, thankfully having recently received training from PHASE on the treatment of poisoning, were able to use their knowledge to treat the dangerously ill patient. First, a charcoal powder mixture was given to reduce any corrosive effect of the unknown poison.  The staff observed that the patient’s heartbeat had become dangerously slow. They administered fluids intravenously and repeated this until the heart beat returned to a normal rate.

 

Due to the knowledge and proximity of the healthcare professionals, the patient was returned to full health and was discharged from the hospital at 4pm the next day. Had PHASE’s project not been implemented in the area, lack of transportation and health provisions would mean that the villager would not have even arrived at a local health post by this time. Thankfully, the training given to in Maila by PHASE enabled healthcare professionals to administer life-saving healthcare in such a unique case of poisoning.  To support this project further go to https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/himalayan-healthcare-save-lives-in-nepal/ 

 

Essential Medicines
Essential Medicines
Maila Health Post Building
Maila Health Post Building
Sep 24, 2015

Distributing 'Back to School' Packs in Hagam

Students receiving school materials
Students receiving school materials

Over 1 million children in Nepal have been without access to safe permanent classrooms, educational materials and health facilities following the massive earthquake of 25th April 2015. With the aim of bringing children back to school, PHASE undertook a project to create Temporary Learning Centres through setting up tents and providing children with basic stationary materials.

PHASE has established 43 Temporary Learning Centres (TLC’s), 2 resource centres in Sindupalchowk district and 2 TLC’s in Gorkha district. To encourage children to return to these TLC’s and to support their learning, PHASE distributed 'Back to School' packs amongst 1339 students from Hagam region and 67 students from Fulpingkot region.

PHASE were able to supply a staggering amount of equipment to these communities including 14,000 exercise books, 8,400 pens, 8,400 pencils, 1,400 school bags, 4,200 erasers and 4,200 sharpeners.

As a result of the ‘Back to School’Project, at least 1,200 children are back in school regularly and have sufficient educational materials.  This is important for the conduct of normal classes.  Parents commented how happy they are to see the return of their children to education and one of the parents said PHASE Nepal’s educational materials distribution project had diminished the worry of the lack of schooling to all the parents in Hagam. Teachers from all the schools in Hagam participated in the distribution process, so it was very special that they were able to supply educational materials to their students. Mr. Bhakta Bahadur Thapa, Principal of Bankalidevi Secondary School, recognised the efforts towards ‘Back to School’ project at the materials distribution event and Mr Birendra Jung, Assistant District Education Officer, expressed his gratitude on behalf of District Education Office towards PHASE Nepal for supporting children in Hagam. 

Children expressed that their school materials had been buried in the rubble and the government had resumed schooling without any support and that prior to PHASE’S tent support the children had to study in an open space. Almost all the students expressed their gratitude towards the Temporary Learning Centre and Educational material.

The Government is also working alongside Cluster partners to train more than 19,000 teachers on psychosocial support and life-saving messages that the children will need in the coming months and years.

Temporary Learning Centres and school material distributions play a vital role after such a catastrophic event such as an earthquake. They minimise disruption to children’s education, protect them from exploitation and abuse, and provide them with messages to keep them safe and healthy. Going to school also allows children to regain a vital sense of routine that can help them come to terms with their experiences.

You can clearly see from the photographs below how many children PHASE were able to help through this project.  

If you would like to continue to support PHASE and the children in Hagam donate to our project here - http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/help-children-in-nepal-to-continue-their-education/ or email sarah@phaseworldwide.org for recieved updates about our work. 

Students receiving long awaited exercise books
Students receiving long awaited exercise books
Students looking pleased with their new materials
Students looking pleased with their new materials
 
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