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Training 1500 Teachers |Empowering 5000 Girls/Boys

by PHASE Nepal
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Training 1500 Teachers |Empowering 5000 Girls/Boys
Training 1500 Teachers |Empowering 5000 Girls/Boys
Training 1500 Teachers |Empowering 5000 Girls/Boys
Training 1500 Teachers |Empowering 5000 Girls/Boys
Training 1500 Teachers |Empowering 5000 Girls/Boys
Training 1500 Teachers |Empowering 5000 Girls/Boys
Training 1500 Teachers |Empowering 5000 Girls/Boys
Training 1500 Teachers |Empowering 5000 Girls/Boys
Training 1500 Teachers |Empowering 5000 Girls/Boys
A vibrant classroom in Gorkha before the Crisis
A vibrant classroom in Gorkha before the Crisis

Dear supporters,

In this update, we would like to inform you about the difficult situation we are facing in the whole education sector and our plans to address this crisis in order to avail children with learning opportunities.

Schools have been closed from March 2020 and have not been opened yet. With the rising number of COVID-19 day by day the school sector is less likely to be open before November.

PHASE team is working at their best level to have communication with the school management committee and local government for suitable strategies to resume the education sector.

Our project schools are located in remote areas, many of which are outside electricity connectivity let alone an internet connection.

In this situation PHASE Nepal has been discussing several solutions for the recovery of the education sector. One of the proposed ideas is to implement the trial of the portable offline internet digital library (distributed over local wifi routers). The other main idea is also to train the teachers in using alternative methods to run classes during this kinds of crises.

We are discussing several other solutions and will update you later.

PHASE Nepal is currently working in 18 remote schools of Gorkha and 10 remote schools of Bajura supporting classroom infrastructure, teachers' capacity development, girls empowerment and better school governance.

Amid COVID crisis, primary health care projects and livelihood improvement projects are running in the remote project areas maintaining infection prevention methods as allowed by the government.

Thank you for your support.

PHASE Nepal Team

A mentorship training event in late February.
A mentorship training event in late February.
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An interactive teacher training session.
An interactive teacher training session.

PHASE Nepal Education Team recently completed the refresher training for the 51 teachers from Kashigau and Keraunja of Gorkha. The teachers recalled on their previously learned skills and demonstrated with their colleagues.  In addition, new ideas were also discussed and shared by the teachers in their model class sessions.

It's been four years since the project is working to support these teachers from 8 earthquake affected schools of Kashigaun and Keraunja, two remote villages of north Gorkha. In addition to capacity building, additional supports such as upgrading early childhood classes, installing science and computer labs, building toilets, setting up school gardens and providing the needful learning materials.

Progress in educational quality was seen over the years with high school in Keruanja ranking among top 5 in the whole district of Gorkha.

As an embedded programme more than 300 adolescent girls of the schools are mobilized in an empowerment programme. In which they were involved in them in leadership training, confidence buildings, awareness in menstrual and reproductive health, motivating them in school completion and having a career.

" We are grateful for your support in our school. We have come a long way since the earthquake and the school is running in fledged form. Thank you for supporting us after the disaster."

- School Principal, Manjushree Secondary School, Kashigaun

A session during the teacher training
A session during the teacher training
A vibrant classroom in Remote Gorkha
A vibrant classroom in Remote Gorkha
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A teacher training session
A teacher training session

Recently 52 teachers from Kasigaun and Keraunja took part in a refresher training on Best Teaching Practices and Child-Friendly Learning Strategies This is the fourth years since PHASE Started providing intensive support in term of training and improving the school environment. These earthquakes affected remote schools have shown a great change in quality and access of school education with the collaboration of PHASE Nepal.

" We are very satisfied with the progress that our school has made in recent years with the support from PHASE and the school management committee. Our secondary board examinations result are comparable to the schools of the urban towns in Gorkha. With the training and logistic support from PHASE , we are able to materialize the school improvement plan"

- Vice Principal, Keraunja Secondary School. 

PHASE is supporting 18 earthquake affected schools in North Gorkha (Kashigaun, Keruanja and Manbu), an earthquake affected district, working with more than 100 teachers an the members of the school management committee. There has been better access to facilities such as gender-friendly toilets, computer classes, science laboratories, sports and more interactive teachings environments.

A role play session and observers
A role play session and observers
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A participant showing her commitment
A participant showing her commitment

In this report, we would like to share about our yearly progress on Girls Empowerment Programme with is a part of PHASE's Integrated Education Project. Please find the report below:

Gender mainstreaming is another top priority of PHASE Nepal education programmes. While women focused acivities are blended in all of the PHASE's programmes including health and livelihoods improvement, PHASE also runs a specific programme to mobilize and empower all the adolescent girls of the project village. The programme named Girls Empowerment Programme involves the rural adolescent girls in a yearlong activity at school level and community level with the help of trained community facilitators.

This year a total of 93 girls from Kasigaun Gorkha took part in the empowerment training and follow up activities. A training of trainers was conducted by PHASE team for the locally 8 identified and selected female facilitators and 3 aspiring lady teachers. This year a total of 93 girls took part in the empowerment programme covering all the school going adolescent girls of the village. The girls took part in a two week long interactive training and learning sessions in the schools organized for two hours (7-9 AM) in the morning with a facility of morning meals so they could eat and join their regular school classes. During the training the following thematic topics were discussed and practices with interactive games and activities.

  • Girls Only: Creating a Safe Space
  • Clean Rules! Hygiene
  • "Help! What’s Happening To Me?”; Demystifying Puberty
  • It's That Time of the Month; All about Menstruation
  • Staying Safe
  • Harming Someone is NEVER Alright; The realities of domestic violence
  • Tying the Knot Too Early; The perils of early marriage
  • I’m Not For Sale! The reality of human trafficking in Nepal
  • Hands Off!; Sexual abuse
  • Girl Power; Building confidence and self-esteem.
  • Our Mother’s Legacy
  • A Real Life Leader; Guest Speaker.
  • The Girl’s Only Team”-Peer Support
  • Putting It All Together; Reviewing what we have learned
  • Follow Your Dream- Education and Career.
  • Putting the Girl Effect in Action
  • Action Plan
  • Evaluation Day- What I have changed!

After the completion of the training the girls took part in several out reach activities in the village and the school level. The team conducted two different street drama covering issues like menstrual hyegine, modern day human trafficking , the consequence of early age marriage, importance of education and career for girls. They also took part in several extracurricular activities in the schools with the support of PHASE in management and prizes. The girls who were very shy on the first day of their participation in the programme became confident speakers and active participants in academic and co-curricular activities after taking part in the programme. PHASE will continue to provide follow up support to these girls in the next two years.

 “After I took part in girls empowerment programme, I have discovered a new aspiration for myself. Earlier my plan was to finish school and get married as my mom suggested. But now I would like to go to college, get a degree and get a job and will stand on my own feet. I aspire to work in organizations like yours.” - Esmita, a participant from Manjushree School, Kashigaun

Awareness Event run by Girls Groups
Awareness Event run by Girls Groups
Early Morning Classes
Early Morning Classes
Interactive activities in classrooms
Interactive activities in classrooms
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An interactive activity during the training
An interactive activity during the training

In Manbu, a remote village in Gorkha 24 selected lead teachers from 10 schools in took part in the a mentorship training to lead classroom observation and feedback session in their respective classrooms. The lead teachers were also provided a refresher in Best Teaching Practices. 

The sessions were lead by PHASE Trainers Sumati Shakya , Lokendra Giri and Anita Acharya. The team was also accompanied by Ms. Alison Sharvill an experienced teacher from the UK and a long term supporter of PHASE education project. With her more than 20 years of experience in teaching, she supported PHASE team in enhancing the course content with her core skills such as children engagement, storytelling and mathematics teaching to best adapt at Nepali rural context.

"I really enjoy PHASE trainings. I now use best teaching practices in the classroom all the time and I have found it works wonders. I am pleased that I am selected to receive this mentorship training. The best thing I learned in recent sessions is to be able to give feedback in a very constructive and non-resenting way", shares a participant teacher.

PHASE is running a series of intensive teaching training and school development in different villages of Gorkha, an earthquake affected district to revive the hugely affected school sector.

An outdoor activity during the training
An outdoor activity during the training
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PHASE Nepal

Location: Kathmandu - Nepal
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Project Leader:
Bikash Koirala
Kathmandu, Kathmandu Nepal
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