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 Education  Nepal Project #15921

Training 1500 village teachers from Nepal

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Training 1500  village teachers from Nepal
Training 1500  village teachers from Nepal
Training 1500  village teachers from Nepal
Training 1500  village teachers from Nepal
Training 1500  village teachers from Nepal
Training 1500  village teachers from Nepal
Training 1500  village teachers from Nepal
Training 1500  village teachers from Nepal
Training 1500  village teachers from Nepal
A vibrant and resourceful classroom in Maila
A vibrant and resourceful classroom in Maila

PHASE Nepal has successfully supported 181 out of children in gaining and retaining access to schools in coordination with local schools, district education office and the local government with a series of trainings, social mobilizing and logistic support in Humla. The supported children are the residents of Maila, Melchham and Jair villages of extremely remote and mountaneous district of Humla in Mid Western region of Nepal.

These villages are reachable only on foot by walking at least 3 days from the nearest road access in Bajura District or Mugu District. Humla District itself does not have a road access and the only access to its headquarter Simikot is by mountain flights or at least 5 days of walk from Mugu or Bajura.

When this education project was designed it was estimated that about 120 children would be out of school in PHASE Project villages, Maila, Melchham and Jair. After the actual survey was conducted, 181 dropouts were identified and verified by the local authority revealing a more disadvantageous situation of children in the region.

A summary of project activities adapted to bring these children back to school is presented below. 

Logistics Support to the children

Throughout the project period, the children were provided with essential logistic materials such as exercise books, school bags, pencils, pens, erasers and mathematics instrument box in the installment of 6 months. The parents were also communicated accordingly. PHASE Local mobilisers and EDF Anita Acharya monitored the attendance of the children in co-operation with the School Principals.

This proved to be a very effective strategy and all the children to came to school regularly. After getting all the necessary school supplies for their children, the parents felt less burdened and the children felt motivated.

In Humla where everything has to be carried by either mules or porters, everything is of high value. The provide materials were found to be used with good care.

Follow up visits at School and at Homes

PHASE EDF and Local mobilizers regularly followed up with the parents and students at homes and with students and teachers at schools to ensure regular attendance, to motivate children and to motivate parents. Parents were regularly oriented about the importance of education and how useful it is, for the future of their children. These efforts eventually started garnering increased awareness level and commitment from Parents to send children to schools.

Improving School Environment- Training Teachers and improving classrooms

 To support this back to school children with better school environment, PHASE provided training and basic material support to the teachers and schools of the project to upgrade elementary classrooms.

Training on Child Friendly Learning Environment

 114 teachers of the project villages teachers took part in different sessions of child friendly education training. In these training the teachers learned about the following skills :

  • Positive discipline
  • Child centered interactive teaching
  • Proper usage of provided teaching learning materials
  • Gender sensitive classrooms
  • Collaborative Learning work in the classrooms 

This fiscal year 2017/18 PHASE was successful in supporting 43 different mountainous schools with training, classroom upgrading and supporting school retention with the support from several international partners and individual donors.

A back to school girl during a home visit
A back to school girl during a home visit
Children receiving materials to rejoin schools
Children receiving materials to rejoin schools
Teachers of target schools receiving  trainings
Teachers of target schools receiving trainings
Manbu Teachers during a session
Manbu Teachers during a session

As a part of PHASE Nepal Teacher Training Programme, 58 Teachers of Manbu recently received a training on Child-Friendly and Interactive Teaching strategies. The 5-day long training was completely activity based and was conducted by PHASE education team who now have more than a decade of experience in practicing best teaching strategies.

During the training, primary and secondary school teachers learned to make and use low cost and no cost teaching materials as well as strategies for effective questioning, critical thinking, and collaborative learning.

" I have taught for more than 20 years but yet I feel I have to learn a lot. The activities I have learned from this training are practical enough to replicate in my classroom", says Thakur Pudasaini, Principal, Sitala Basic School, Manbu

PHASE is working with 10 schools in Manbu village, a remote village in Lower North Gorkha to instill child-friendly environment in the schools.

PHASE's practical teaching curriculum is both liked by the teachers and school supervisors and is often reached by other charities in Nepal seeking training consultancy in their education projects too. 

Demonstrating a low cost visual aids
Demonstrating a low cost visual aids
The computer Lab being set up at Keraunja School
The computer Lab being set up at Keraunja School

Enhancing Schools with New Technology in the Remote

To supplement its teacher training programme, PHASE has also been supporting basic learning materials and classroom setup materials such as white boards, flooring, furniture , visual charts etc to upgrade the schools in its project areas.

During this course, PHASE has established a first ever computer lab in the only secondary school in the remote village of Keraunja, North Gorkha.

Keraunja lies at a two day walking distance from the nearest road access and is highly deprived in health, education and livelihood opportunites. In addition, the area was hugely affected by the 2015 earthquake. PHASE has been supporting the community with its integrated project to enhance health services, school education and income generation in the people.

The new computer lab which only has now 5 computers from PHASE's support is first of its kind in the village. Although it is not sufficient, it is good start to provide the ethnic gurung children with an opportunity to experience computer technology. Government of Nepal curriculum has computer education as compulsory subject in the schools but the children from remote project areas of PHASE have seen a computer only in the pictures of their books. Everyone in the village is excited about learning computer in the school. This initiative was taken after identifying few computer literate youth teachers in the schools who could lead the class, based on the government curriculum. PHASE decided to buy and support these computers with the funds from its educatio project after receiving numerous requests by the school managment and the new local ward government. The lab is being set up and will be fully operational from the third week of May.

"The new computer lab will definitely make the children from our remote community, digital literate and make them ready for this new age."

-Principal, Kerauja Secondary School, Karaunja

An aerial view of Keraunja Village, North Gorkha
An aerial view of Keraunja Village, North Gorkha
Teachers of Kerauja Village after a PHASE Training
Teachers of Kerauja Village after a PHASE Training
Teachers during a training activity
Teachers during a training activity

A total of 52 teachers from 8 schools participated in PHASE Nepal Best Teaching Practices Training. During those training the teachers learned and practised the child centred and participatory strategies for better learning achievement and enhancement of critical thinking in children. These activities were designed based on the findings of the classroom baseline survey done before the training. A thorough observation of classes will also be done after the training to measure training achievement in teachers. After the observation 15 outstanding teachers will be developed as mentor teachers to conduct peer to peer support programme in the participant schools. 

The training was mainly focussed on the maximum engagement of children in the classroom to support critical thinking and different learning styles in children, unlike traditional lecture style classroom. The other focus of the training was to identify and utilize local materials in teaching especially in the limited resource areas like Kashigaun and Keraunja. In addition to the training, PHASE provided basic teaching materials and visuals for the classrooms of these participant schools.

" The sessions were interactive and practical enough to implement immediately in our classrooms. I especially liked the improvised mini whiteboards made from white papers inside the transparent plastic envelopes. I have used it for the first time and find it really useful for quick assessment and practice in my classroom."

- Prem Bahadur Gurung, Teacher, Manjushree Secondary School, Kashigaun.

Teachers during a training activity
Teachers during a training activity
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
 

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PHASE Nepal

Location: Kathmandu - Nepal
Website: http:/​/​www.phasenepal.org
Project Leader:
Ashley Hagar
Kathmandu, Kathmandu Nepal
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