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Oct 18, 2017

12 Model Classrooms in Remote Schools of Bajura

A typical deprived classroom in Bajura
A typical deprived classroom in Bajura

12 Model Classrooms in Remote Schools of Bajura

As part of our Teacher Training Programme, PHASE upgrades and improves the situation of the deprived school classrooms in addition to providing training to the teachers. With this intention PHASE has created 12 model classrooms in each of the 12 rural schools in Kolti Village of Bajura.

During the process PHASE worked on strengthening students groups, teachers groups and school management first and then gave the responsibilities to them to decide what they would actually want in their class rooms to make them a model. PHASE-trained Mentor teachers were given responsibility to lead such discussions. 

This participatory method bore good results. The School Management Committee of one of the schools, Budhinanda Primary School Kolti, worked really fast on deciding the looks and content of their model class in their school. PHASE set up a first model class in their school last November, the first piloted model classroom in the whole village.

This provided guidance to the other school management committees who also started to have meetings and set up model classroom in their schools too. This was the main goal of the PHASE project, people deciding for their own development. PHASE Nepal kept on providing them necessary support, guidance and orientation. Slower school management committees were encouraged by peer pressure from more effective ones.

After that, PHASE received request letters from all the remaining 11 schools of the village. The letters were analyzed and the necessary materials were purchased and sent to the village. Once the materials were handed to the schools, refresher trainings were provided to the teachers to guide them for the proper usage of visual aids, math aids and other teaching materials.

Now all the 12 schools of Kolti have well maintained model classrooms in their schools with all the necessary learning materials, visual aids, and science and sports materials. These classrooms have provided trained teachers with the necessary resources and ambience to use the Best Teaching Practices they have learned in the PHASE teacher training.

"I am glad that my teachers do not complain about teaching materials now. They are trained and now they have resources from the model school. I am grateful to PHASE Nepal and hope this kind of support continues."

Padam Bahadur Shahi, Principal

Chandranath Basic School, Kolti , Bajura

A PHASE created model classroom with materials.
A PHASE created model classroom with materials.
A refresher teacher training by PHASE Trainer
A refresher teacher training by PHASE Trainer
Aug 28, 2017

Life saved in a remote area

Nanda an 18 year old women from Khatyang village of Mugu was pregnant. Her expected date of delivery was 7th September 2017. It was the first time she was pregnant but her pregnancy was risky because of her short height. Her height was less done 4 feet because of which the pregnancy was risky. But she was quite happy with her approaching delivery. She had attended the ANC visit and everything was normal. On 2nd July, she visited the public health centre complaining of vomiting and diarrhea. She also informed the health staff that the mobility of the fetus had stopped. The PHASE health staff reviewed her ANC card and checked for Fetal Heart sound (FHS). She informed the staff that 3 days ago she had slipped and had fallen on her front part of the body. After the fall, the movement of the fetus was fast but with the passage of time movement was limited. From the next day she started vomiting and also had bout of diarrhea hence she decided to visit the health centre. The doctor assessed her condition and had her X-ray to know about the fetus. The X-ray did not show and hence it was confirmed that she had suffered intrauterine death. She was grief stricken.

Nanda and her family members were properly and thoroughly counseled after which she regained her composure. She was referred to district hospital for removal of fetus. But it was rainy season and Mugu district doesnot have transportation facilities. Moreover Chimadungri health centre where Nanda visited is 2 days walk from the Gamgadhi the district headquarters. Hence the doctor decided to carry out the delivery of dead fetus in the health centre. After some efforts the health staff were able to normally deliver 250 gram dead male fetus. She was given medication and now she has full recovered. Although the fetus died because of the fall but health staff were able to save life of Nanda.

Aug 17, 2017

Heartfelt Thanks

PHASE nurse Nisha died in a helicopter crash while accompanying a sick new mother, who was being airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment with her 5 day old baby. In her memory PHASE Nepal set up a scholarship memorial fund which would enable underprivileged children from Nisha's home town or from her working area in Gorkha to complete their education. PHASE Nepal had hoped to raise US$25,000/- .All the staff of PHASE Nepal contributed salary of one day to the memorial fund which amounted to USD 2,600. US$ 675 was raised through Global giving and GBP 1,752/- was raised in the UK. Unfortunately the amount collected was not sufficient for the interest to raise enough money for an ongoing scholarship fund. Therefore the Board of PHASE Nepal decided to share the funds between the families of Nisha and of Preeti, the young mother who also died in the crash. The total raised fund amounted to approximately.. USD 5,870. The PHASE board, along with the parents of Nisha and husband of Preeti decided to give Nrs 500,000/- to Nisha's family for the education of her brother and Nrs 87,772/- to Preeti's husband for the education of his son. This meeting was held on 3rd July, 2017.

Attached is the thank you letter given by Dil Bahadur, husband of Preeti on receiving the fund. The following is the translation into English:

“Although fate has taken away all my joy, for all your support, I would like to tell you from my heart:

My Heartfelt Thank you!

As the sun sets, my son says ‘Mother did not come’, as he searches in every direction, his eyes fill with tears and he starts crying-  I am also unable to control my tears, there is nothing I can do nowadays than cry with him. My son doesn’t know that on the 8th August last year, his mother died when the Fishtail helicopter she was being airlifted in crashed in Vedini forest in Nuwakot district. My son lost his mother forever and I lost my life’s companion.

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the organisation PHASE Nepal and the whole PHAE family for their generous financial support to help me educate my son. – Dil Bahadur ” 

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