Education  Nepal Project #15921

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 girl empowerment training session , Bajura
A girl empowerment training session , Bajura

In this report we will cover the major achievment in the Education project this year. Despite challenges, we were able to accomplish a list of activities in the school sector. 

PHASE Nepal aims to improve the quality of school education by improving physical facilities as well as enhancing the capacity of teaching faculty as well as the school management. In addition, PHASE's education programme also trains and mobilises adolescent youths as well as school child clubs to build leadership in children, develop extracurricular activities and to promote gender equality.

Since March 2020, the education sector has been completely shut down and we hope that the pandemic situation will change soon. Nevertheless, we summarize the range of such activities funded by different international partners in several project locations in the completed fiscal year.

Girls’ Empowerment Programmes

PHASE has been running a series of empowerment programmes intended to address the issues of several geographical regions and cultures. With support from PHASE Worldwide (BLF) and PHASE Austria (City of Vienna) we worked in Gorkha and Bajura districts with the main aim to address cross cutting issues of girls and women in the society and mitigate them with joint mobilization of trained girls and boys for social advocacy and work on gender equality. In addition, the programme motivates and prepares the young girls to complete their schooling and aim for higher education and a career while discouraging the practices like early marriage. The programme is run by the local female facilitators who are trained and mentored by PHASE. The facilitators work closely with adolescent boys and girls of the school and coach them in a peer to peer model in formal and informal sessions. The programme is run in close co-ordination with the school management committee and the local government. A summary of the activities done in this fiscal year is as follows:

 The programme was conducted in January and February before the closure of the schools. The remaining school and community level activities will be continued after the situation settles.

During the programme a total of 32 female facilitators were successfully identified and oriented on facilitation skills (20 Bajura and 12 Gorkha). They were able to conduct three batches of empowerment workshop for girls and boys (1 batch in Bajura and 2 in Gorkha). A total of 400 children (127 boys and 273 girls) from Bajura and Gorkha were directly involved in the empowerment workshops. In Gorkha, young part

Teacher’s Training and Capacity Development

Through a series of interactive teachers’ trainings, PHASE aims to encourage collaborative learning and critical thinking methods within the students. We work to enhance the capacity of the teachers working in the remote locations; this year we organised a short practical series of Teacher Training and refreshers trainings that promote the most practical and easy to use methods in rural and low resource settings. This fiscal year PHASE education team conducted the following 2 different trainings, the Best Teaching Training and the School Mentorship Training to 52 teachers of Gorkha.

Extracurricular Activities on Fridays

Starting from the second week of September, we have been running several extra-curricular activities each Friday in PHASE supported school. We support in facilitating the event and announce the prizes to the winners which is of great interest to the children.

Since the start of the programme, numerous activities such as quiz competition, public speech competition, debate competition, essay competition, math quiz, singing competition, volleyball, and relay race have been organized. With these weekly programmes, children have become confident and are interested to come to school thus showing active participation in the daily classroom activities too.

With these activities, we have been able to take the learning they have in the classroom to practical sessions and have supported active learning. PHASE Nepal's continuous support in school infrastructure, training for teachers and children-focused activities have contributed remarkably in improving the quality of education in the last 5 years.

Principal

Manju Shree Secondary School

Better ECDs, Better Schools

We were aware of the importance of early childhood education for the physical, mental, emotional and social development of child but did not have sufficient infrastructure and training. With PHASE’s support in training and materials our school has well equipped early childhood class and skilled teachers. In addition to upgrading the classroom materials, furniture, and teaching materials, the room has a smart TV screen that enables children to watch several educational materials via a USB stick offline. We are very grateful for PHASE Nepal’s support. Although our school is in a remote village parents’ area comparing the ECD classes we provide with those of the private schools in the urban areas. The children are very keen on learning with the child-friendly play way method introduced to us by PHASE. I am glad that PHASE has supported all 3 ECD classes in our ward.

-        Teacher, Early Childhood Class, Kashigaun

PHASE will continue working in the sector of Education Improvement with additional focus on the recovery after covid-19 crisis and school closure.

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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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PHASE Nepal

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