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 group of girls and boys during a session.
A group of girls and boys during a session.

This quarter, amid COVID-19 crisis, PHASE continued its health, education and livelihood activities maintaining strict protocol on infection prevention. Now that covid situations are getting worse and school sector is closed again. Here we share a story of one of the several girls who participated in our recently completed training and empowerment programme for adolescent girls.

Hajari (name changed) is a 14 years old studying in calss-8 in Yuna Basic School, Bajura. The village is perched on a hilly terrain of Yuna area of Bichchya village, located at a 4 day walking distance from the nearest busroads. Each day she walks about an hour to reach the school. She is one of the empowered girl from PHASE Girls Empowerment Coaching Sessions. Here is what she says about her life and experience taking part in the programme

"Being an elder daughter of my family I have to manage alot of chores before I leave for school. Several times I have to give up classes for household works. But this time, I managed to attend full class. The classes by PHASE Nepal was of different kind. I learned that practices like staying in shed during menstruation, avoiding healthy food like curd and milk during menstruation are wrong practices.I never enjoy staying aside or treated differently during menstruation. I want to share with my parents about such harmful practices, how it can hamper mental and physical growth. The Girls Empowerment 14 days' session had enlightened me. I shared my knowledge with my sisters as well. I hope such practice will get over soon."

PHASE has been running school based capacity building of teachers and adolescent girls with tailored activities to address the local problem and needs and help them in self-empowerment.

We, PHASE team, thank all the donors and supporters for supporting our community based projects and bringing real impacts in the remote communites.

Hajari at her leisure near her home
Hajari at her leisure near her home
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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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Location: Kathmandu - Nepal
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Bikash Koirala
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