PHASE Nepal successfully completed its two and a half year of School Access project to 181 out of children in Humla with bringing and retaining the children in school in coordination with local schools, district education office and the local government.
When the project was designed it was estimated that about 120 children would be out of school in PHASE Project villages, Maila, Melchham and Jair. When the actual survey was conducted 181 dropouts were identified and verified by the local authority revealing a more disadvantageous situation of children in the region.
Logistics Support to the children
Throughout the project period, the children were provided with essential logistic materials such as exercise books, school bags, pencils, pens, erasers and mathematics instrument box in the installment of 6 months. The parents were also communicated accordingly. PHASE Local mobilisers and EDF Anita Acharya monitored the attendance of the children in co-operation with the School Principals.
This proved to be a very effective strategy and all the children to came to school regularly. After getting all the necessary school supplies for their children, the parents felt less burdened and the children felt motivated.
In Humla where everything has to be carried by either mules or porters, everything is of high value. The provide materials were found to be used with good care.
Follow up visits at School and at Homes
PHASE EDF and Local mobilizers regularly followed up with the parents and students at homes and with students and teachers at schools to ensure regular attendance, to motivate children and to motivate parents. Parents were regularly oriented about the importance of education and how useful it is, for the future of their children. These efforts eventually started garnering increased awareness level and commitment from Parents to send children to schools.
Improving School Environment- Training Teachers and improving classrooms
To support this back to school children with better school environment, PHASE provided training and basic material support to the teachers and schools of the project.
Training on Child Friendly Learning Environment
114 teachers of the project villages teachers took part in different sessions of child friendly education training. In these training the teachers learned about the following skills :
- Positive discipline
- Child centered interactive teaching
- Proper usage of provided teaching learning materials
- Gender sensitive classrooms
- Collaborative Learning work in the classrooms