PHASE Nepal has been running a Community Development Programme in Bajura District since 2013. Bajura district lies in the far western development region of Nepal and is characterized by rugged topography and lack of basic physical infrastructure. Accessibility to the district is limited.
As per the estimate of the District Education Office, Bajura, the literacy rate among the population over 15 years of age is 40% with large discrepancy between male (59%) and female (22%). Similarly, the literacy rate of the population above 6 years stands at 56% with male literacy at 69% and female at 43%. In 2016 PHASE conducted a series of Teacher Training and School Mentorship Programmes in 11 schools in Kolti Village Development Committee (VDC). 58 teachers were trained and 18 outstanding teachers were provided additional training for mentoring their fellow teachers in the schools. In addition to providing teachers with the skills of interactive teaching methodologies, the best teaching practices training module contains a day of gender sensitivity training for the teachers. This equips the teachers with the strategies of creating girls friendly classrooms and school environment. It includes encouraging girls' students to participate more in classrooms and outdoor activities. One of the core mission of the projects is also to empower deserving female teachers as mentors. PHASE has been able to identify two smart, energetic and motivated female teachers who are now mentoring their fellow teachers acting as PHASE mentors teachers.
As the programme aims to improve access to and quality of education in Bajura district, PHASE will initiate a follow up project which will involve creating model classrooms in 11 participating schools. Model classrooms create positive and fun learning environments, proactively engaging the pupils. In addition, the model classroom will strengthen the capacity of trained teachers, trained and motivated teachers will create good and positive impact on the students. As a first step to initiate the follow up project, PHASE Nepal met with School Management Committee and teachers of Budhinanda Primary School in Kolti VDC in the month of August. The SMC and teachers of the schools were more than eager to initiate the follow up project.
They were thankful for the continued support PHASE Nepal has been providing to the school.
After the meeting, materials required to build the model classrooms was finalized in consultation with the SMC and teachers. The materials includes whiteboard, carpet and cushions, musical instrument(s), a sound box, water filter, dustbin and a first aid box.
PHASE will hold meetings and consultation with other 10 schools of the VDC to build model classrooms in those schools. The follow up support will be provided within 2 years' time. After building the model classrooms within the mentioned timeframe, PHASE will also support in the capacity building of the School Management Committee (SMC) and the existing school child clubs. The SMC will be oriented and trained as part of capacity building activity. Required funds will be provided to Child clubs to conduct their activities. PHASE will also provide refresher training to the teachers as per the need.
"I am very glad. PHASE Teacher Training has helped me a lot to develop skills of interactive teaching. But in the remote school like ours we severely lack supplies. Now our skills will be supplemented with the materials we have received from the model classroom project"
Birjan Shahi, Principal, Budhinanda Primary School, Kolti Bajura.