Establishing a Better and Improved Public School System in Nepal

Establishing a Better and Improved Public School System in Nepal by ensuring Accountability and Transparency.

Chandika School, Baruwa VDC where we plan to
build a library

With the support of funds from Give 2 Asia, we have initiated a new project that
aims to ensure accountability and transparency within the public school system
in Sindhupalchok district. The project site is located in Ilaka 12 of the
district and has six local bodies – VDCs; namely, Baruwa, Gunsakot,
Thangpalkot, Thangpaldhap, Bhotenamlang, and Bhotang. The monitoring of public
education system is not practiced best in Nepal. COMMITTED identifies that the
school system has failed  to capitalize
on the available Village Education (VEC) structure as well as local civil
vigilance groups – Parent Teacher Associations (PTA); Ward Citizen Forums
(WCF).

 

Assesment of Bhotang Devi School, Bhotang VDC for construction of Library

Through this project firstly the VEC will be strengthened for all education needs, including the formulation of a Village Education Plan including resource generation. Second, a citizen driven vigilance system will be created through
which students, citizen groups, and government resources are mobilized to ensure all actors in this sector are transparent, accountable and diligent in their duties. This will be complemented with raising awareness and processes
regarding the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Third, the capacity of the School Management Committee (SMC) will be developed for improved planning, reporting,
and operations. In addition, five school libraries will also be rebuilt using
earthquake safe material as a part of the rebuilding effort in the post
earthquake stage. Rebuilding libraries at these schools will assist the
underprivileged children to return to formal school environment. Having a new
permanent library will enable these vulnerable children from getting back to
reading and enjoying school.

Assesment of Thangpaldhap School, ThangpaldhapVDC

We
believe that efforts to bring in qualified teachers and improve on
infrastructure, facilities and resource generation are all necessary for an
effective education system. However, without governance system to not only
monitor activities and check for malpractice, but also create a plan for moving
forward, all such efforts could only prove to be futile. This program will resurrect
and strengthen the governance structure as well as create a system through
which all stakeholders’ roles are clearly defined, their capacities built and
as a result, in unison, an education governance mechanism will be built to
benefit all households for current and future generations.

Assesment of Chhetrapaleshwory School, Bhotenamlang VDC

Our
team comprising of the Senior Program Coordinator, Program Coordinator and Technical
Engineer visited the six VDCs last week. They assessed the six different
schools in the six VDCs which have been selected for the construction of
libraries. The libraries will also serve the purpose of conducting VEC
activities as when required and appropriate. Simultaneously, the team is currently
rigorously involved in planning and management of the activities that will be
undertaken within this project.

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