Our work in Janakpur is mostly concentrated around children's education and mother's livelihood. In this light we have been working with 5 public primary schools and a community.
Very recently, we conducted a survey in the Rajdevi community among 171 households. The total population is 914, consisting of 435 children and 51 elderly (above 60). Out of the 435 children, 255 (59%) are not attending school. It is clear from the statistics that the education of the community is extremely poor. There are currently two schools operating in the area.
It has come to our attention that focusing on the community is more important at this point. We had been having a conversation with the heads of the 4 public primary schools and now we will be concentrating our efforts in the community and the 435 children along with the 2 schools that are close to the community.
We will also be working with the mothers of the community and provide them seed fund to run an income generating activity.
On February 1 and 2, 2019, we conducted a teacher's training at Shree Bi. Pi. Primary School, Baniniya, Dhanusha district, Janakpur. The training was attended by a total of 23 teachers from 5 different public primary schools in Janakpur. A team of 4 left for the training from WDAC on January 31. Two teachers from AVM School were the trainers identified for the training. The trainers were accompanied by team members from WDAC.
The training incorporated activity based learning and teaching methods and the participation from the teachers and headmasters created better ways to contextualise the training model. According to the teachers, they had a new training experience with multiple activities and reflections included. One of the teachers from Shree Aadharbhut Vidhyalaya said, “We attended several trainings before but they were very unlike this one. We really enjoyed these 2 days.” The teachers were also appreciative of the hands on activities that were included. They mentioned being able to learn better through the exercises that were given in the training. It was reflected that similar training need to be conducted on a regular basis to support the teacher's learning.
Women Development Advocacy Center participated in the September accelerator in 2018. The organization qualified to be a permanent member of GlobalGiving by meeting the requirement to raise a total of $5000 from 40 unique donors. Through the GlobalGiving platform, Women Development Advocacy Center participated to generate funds from friends and supporters, all the while heading towards being a permanent member of GlobalGiving for future support of our programs. To qualify to become a permanent member, a total of $5000 in less than a month from 40 unique donors was to be raised. With the target in place, we were able to collect $5848 from 89 donors worldwide who came forth to support our project.
The raised amount is being used to provide salary of the teachers of the 4 public primary schools and a community school that we are involved with. We are also working with the mothers of the Musahar community if 305 households to help them engage in income generating activities.
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