Education  Nepal Project #35795

Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal

by Freedom to Learn
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal
Improving Access and Quality of Education in Nepal

Dear our wonderful supporters,

Well the last time we wrote to you schools had just once again closed, and they remained closed until the end of March - but we are very relieved and happy to report that once re-opened we were off to a flying start! 

And you, and our grant funders, have so kindly enabled us to do it.

Lockdown Learning 2022:

If nothing else, the uncertainty that has come with COVID has taught us to be flexible and resilient in our approach to providing education in Panauti. We were able to still provide education outdoors in each school catchment. 

Teachers we have been regularly training were able to travel between municipality wards, with learning materials and learning workshops outside. 

We ensured that over a thousand children in the catchment attended an education event every week in a COVID safe environment. 

There was homework to complete in between, which was not only academic but also working with wellbeing and health to ensure they were connected and as healthy and happy as possible while cut off from the school community. You can see pictures below of some of the fabulous and fun dancing, art and singing workshops that resulting in a municipality wide performace involving 200 children in April!!

Now we are back:

Once back in school in March, our team were able to work with 120 young leaders aged between 12-15. Attended a series of leadership and creative workshops they were able to unpack and explore difficulties that they face, and together, they devised community led solutions with their peers and local community and political leaders. 

One issue was the unfairness of some children being able to access more education than others. The local municipality in response allocated 4 further teachers to more rural schools for future support. Our own team have responded by putting together a team of 35 volunteers, all 3rd year or Masters students offering weekly tuition to children who have fallen far behind due to so many disruptions in the last 2 years. The improved academic results and the rising confidence in the children who have been part of the project has been wonderful to see.  

Some of the more complex issues raised included alcoholism at home, and the impact of that practically and emotionally. Since this was highlighted there have been a number of outreach visits to a variety of families, and support has been put in place by our partner NGOs. There have been training workshops to raise awareness of the issue and, crucially, to support children of the families affected, offering additional learning and emotional support where needed. 

Wider Project Work: 

If you have read this far you may like to learn more about our work across the municipality of Panauti. Please do keep updated on our social media pages linked below and check out our other project on GlobalGiving covering a wider number of schools. And always get in touch - Joey our Programme’s director can be emailed at joeyowen@freedomtolearn.org.uk.

Thank you so much for your ongoing and valued support. It is wonderful to have so many of you supporting Freedom to Learn’s work.

 

Warm wishes,

Joey, SK, and all the team in the UK and Nepal  

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We do hope this report finds you safe and well in what continue to be strange times.

After a promising start back in the late Autumn and our report to you with the exciting news letter “School’s Back!!”…. 2 weeks ago we once again learned that schools will be closed for at least a month - in fact up to 3 months during surging Omicron cases. Although we understand that careful measures must be taken, we also know how important education is for our young students and are now working hard to ensure they all have access to learning while the closures continue. 

Looking at what has happened here in the UK and across Europe, we are hopeful that the new restrictions will be relatively short lived. Nonetheless our staff are now adjusting to remote learning for those who can access it (just under 20% of our students) and creating resource pack creation and delivery for the many children who live without easy internet access. All the learning from the last 18 months of school closures has taught us how to make sure the home learning is effective as possible! We live in hope that this will be the last time schools in Nepal are closed due to the pandemic. 

In better news, since our last report to you we have run over 600 classes across 34 schools, with nearly 2000 children. These cover Teacher Training, Art, Music, Dance, Drama, Global Citizenship and Responsibility as well as Advocacy Training and a research team collecting and analysing data to ensure that we do the most effective work possible. 

This last piece of work is essential to our efficiency - making sure that every penny you donate is spent on creating positive impact for our school communities in Nepal. For example we have learned through the research this last few months that many of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) services across Panauti are vastly under resourced, more so than we realised. As well as ECD teachers being in post who are not yet sufficiently qualified. This means that we know to put more efforts into ECD training and resources so that we can support our children to be more developmentally on track when they reach primary age. This will support the education system at it’s foundational level, ensuring that ‘no child is left behind’. 

But, of course, we will need to wait for the ECD classrooms to re-open. But I am very hopeful that come the Spring we will have good news that this work has begun in earnest….

In the meantime our team will keep as safe as possible, following the guidelines, but working hard to ensure every child is reached during the school closures. And they can do this thanks to your support and generosity. Thank you.

Best wishes,

Joey Owen and all of the FtL team.

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Hi everyone,

We are extremely pleased to report that schools are now fully open in Nepal! It has been quite a build up during the long wait. As you know from our previous reports, there has been a lot of work ensuring that every one of our students has been able to access a form of education during the extended lockdowns. And at the same time teachers and our team have been preparing the classrooms and facilitating training for teachers across Panauti so we were absolutely ready for the children’s return, and offering the best possible quality of education in schools after being away for so long.

 

Thanks to a generous grant from the Italian Buddhist Union, as well as amazing support from people like you we achieved a number of outcomes during the last lockdown. These have improved access to and quality of eduction for 4,530 children and young people. They include:

  • Completing training of Teacher Trainers and now have 8 qualified Teacher Trainers who have taken posts across the municipality of Panauti.
  • Each trainer has taken an area post in Panauti serving up to 6 schools where they do ongoing training with 435 teaching staff in topics including: Creative Learning; Safeguarding and Mental Health; Curriculum Enrichment; and Resource Management.
  • 357 children have participated in fun PE, Art, Music and Drama workshops
  • 120 have enjoyed Advocacy workshops and meeting local leaders.
  • Home learning and Outreach visits for over 400 school families
  • We have a team of researchers working closely with the local government informing education policy - resulting in more funds for teaching staff and equipment. 

And now we are back in school? Well, as you can imagine, plenty more is happening across all 34 schools in the Municipality. In our next report we will have news of how everyone has adjusted as things start to pick up momentum again - we cannot wait!

 

If you are local to our UK team in Milford-on-Sea, this Friday, the 1st of October, we also have our first Fundraising Gathering since Covid. There is food, a short film and a presentation by some of our fantastic local students who take part in the Sister Schools project. Please do join us! Details are on the image below.

Best wishes to you all, and thank you again for all your generous support. You really do make a difference in the world, and for children in Nepal. 

 

Joey Owen and all FtL the team

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Dear supporters,

It is with a heavy heart we write this June update. After months of good news for our communities in Nepal, the second COVID wave has now had a significant impact on for all our school communities. Everyone on our team have lost friends or family to the virus in the last 3 weeks, and the impact of lockdown has once again left everyone unable to work and earn, with daily wages being a lifeline to many families. Unlike in the UK, the infrastructure for working and education online is not yet sufficient, and much of the farming, tourist and trading work has come to a halt.

All schools are of course still closed and we are working to ensure that our students, staff and teachers are are staying as safe as possible. 

But, - the good news is that numbers have been decreasing over the last few days. Some hear hope for the future is returning in our meetings, and we have been able to have more positive conversations with the team as they prepare for the Nepali version of the roadmap to recovery - and going back to a more normal way of life. 

As soon as regulations allow we will once again be working hard to ensure that all our students can undertake home learning and we'll be distributing education packs to every ward in Panauti, and facilitating outside classes in community school ‘clusters’ or bubbles. We now have a team of teachers trainers working across the municipality who are working closely with every teacher in their catchment to ensure that the lockdown learning is as efficient and impactful as it can be, focusing not just on the academic learning, but also health and wellbeing.

 

We have no way of knowing for sure when this current lockdown will begin to ease, for now, everyone is being as careful as they can be and holding out for more positive news in the coming weeks. 

Please do see our social media pages (the links are below) to see how you can support the students and families as they come out of this second wave.

We haven't any recent pictures since this Lockdown began but we have added some from the outdoor learning after the first lockdown to remind us all that things will get better....

Thank you for all your support over the years. Our team simply couldn't do the work they do without you,

 

Best wishes,

All the FtL team 

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We have fantastic news that we are finally able to embark on a large scale project working with all 34 schools in the Panauti Municipality in Kavre, Nepal. And we are so excited to share our plans with you. The work will be across 4 key areas:

Teacher training - working with one of the top education centres in Nepal - the Rato Bangla Foundation, we will be training 8 teacher trainers, who will then work with over 455 teachers across the municipality - improving the quality of the teaching learning process as a result.  

School Governance Training and Management - working with Kathmandu University and the local Municipality Authorities we will be training 186 School Governors in Responsible Planning and Management,Leadership Skills, Staff Support and Motivation, Child Protection and Safeguarding, Resource Management and Finance and Budgeting this work will increase the quality of strategic planning (looking into the long term!), effective school management, accountability, strengthening community and overall school performance.

Mental Health and the Creative Arts - This is all about ensuring that each student leaves school with certain tools and skills to excel in their self belief, confidence, communication skills, leadership ability and problem solving skills.  Using carefully designed drama, music and art programming as well as working with a therapeutic team to support some of the children who are most vulnerable, students will leave school more mentally and confidently prepared for their adult life. 

Advocacy and Policy Formation - this is KEY to making the impact of our work long term. We will be working closely with the local authorities, at district and municipality level, to consult on the formation of the education policy going into 2022. They will be drawing on our data and research to inform decision making at policy level. This may look like locating more budgets to quality teacher training, or providing more learning resources equally across the rural schools, even the provision of hot school meals has been a consideration. 

This project will directly serve over 4,780 students in each of the rural schools and the multi-faceted project work is carefully aligned with our holistic approach - ensuring maximising our impact and sustaining the results by addressing a number of difficulties in each school instead of focusing in one area.

It is an exciting time for Freedom to Learn, a chance to have massive positive impact for so many children and their families this year. And largely down to your amazing support! Without you showing faith in what we do, the grant givers who have supported a large percentage of this project may not have had the faith in us they do! 

Thank you. Dhayabad. We are amazingly grateful. 

Best wishes,

All the FtL team

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