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Monitoring And Assessment Visit At Taltuleshwori Primary School By SWC

Implementation of projects by a non-profit (NGO) in Nepal comes with a number of legal requirements. One such requirement is holding a social audit of the project after completion. Another is a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) by the team from Social Welfare Council (SWC), the body that had oversight on non-profit activities in the entire country.

After the completion of Taltuleshwori Primary School, social audit was conducted last August, about which you can read here.

As for M&E of the first phase of the reconstruction project, a team from SWC visited Thangpalkot, Sindhupalchowk District last October. The evaluation team comprised of the Deputy Director, Mr. Durga Prasad Bhattari (Team Leader), and Senior Assistant, Mr. Prakash Chandra Bhatta (Team Member), ushered by COMMITTED’s Project Coordinators for Local Governance and Education. Funded by AVAAZ.org, the reconstruction of school at its first phase was completed in a span of six months with a total budget included NPR 50,70,000.

SWC M&E Team Members (second and third from left), and COMMITTED’s Team members: Field Staff, Project Coordinator and Senior Project Coordinator, respectively (first, fourth and fifth from left).

The monitoring and evaluation team analyzed the impact, sustainability, relevancy, coordination, compliance, transparency, accountability, financial operation and regularities, institutional capacity and achievement of the rebuilding project.
With a joint consensus of both SWC and COMMITTED, the evaluation concentrated principally on a review of existing project documentation like project proposal, progress report, audit report and Terms of Reference (TOR) and in-depth interviews with District Education Office (DEO), District Development Office (DDC), observation at project site, face to face interview with the beneficiaries in Thangpalkot ward, School staffs, School Management Committee Members, School Construction Committee members and local project staffs.

A snapshot of ongoing discussion.

The concluding remarks of a SWC M&E report reads thus.

” Actually, community mobilization and engagement has been seen satisfactorily in the project site during reconstruction of school buildings. It has been clearly seen sense of ownership of community people towards the school buildings and health post. Local resources, skill technology and labor were fully utilized during project construction. It has been seen that the project is directed towards promoting the available local resources in local level, which is a good practice. Co-ordination, co-operation and community mobilization has been seen more effective during construction. Structures are made disabled friendly so that the kids having special abilities could equally participate in the educational courses. As per the discussion with concerned stakeholders and our observation, highly qualitative construction materials are used, end result is highly appreciable. The locals are also gratified by the work. “

The school is currently serving 182 students and staff members of Taltuleshwori School.  Finding the construction and implementation of overall project very effectual, the M&E team also provided some recommendations for future projects. This monitoring and assessment visit was completed in one phase with 2 days of full working hours.

A group picture of evaluation team with members and students of Taltuleshwori School.

To learn more on the above, please go through the links below:

  • Click here and here to go to Facebook Post and blog showing summary about social audits.
  • Click here to go to a blog post about handing over of Taltuleshwori school.
  • For blog posts about the progress of the reconstruction of Taltuleshwori School click hereherehere and here.

Social Audits Conducted at Two Schools in Thangpalkot, Sindupalchowk

Since the massive earthquakes of April and May 2015, COMMITTED has completed assisting with the reconstruction of two schools in Thangpalkot: Shree Taltuleshwori Primary School and Shree Chilaune Secondary School.

COMMITTED with the help of its donors, partners and volunteers started reconstructing these schools from December of 2015, completing the reconstruction in about a year. The schools were handed over to School Management Committees (SMC) last February. (Click here for details of the handover of Taltuleshwori School and here for the details of the handover of Chilaune School. Click here for a blog post with an embedded video of almost complete Tatuleshwori School and here for that of Chilaune School, both made in May 2016.)

A glimpse of social audit at Chilaune School.

After six months of sound teaching and learning environment at newly constructed and improved class room structures, COMMITTED held social audits of the construction work on 8th and 9th of August, 2017. The information related to project expenditure, funding partners and building utility were shared with those present by COMMITTED’s Project Coordinator and Finance Officer. The audience included members of the School Management Committee (SMC), Parent-Teachers Association (PTA), School Construction Committee, Chairperson and ward members of respective ward, and community members.

COMMITTED’s Project Coordinator (Education), Gautam Lamichane, talking to the attendees at Taltuleshwori School.

Below are the financial details of rebuilding of Taltuleshwori and Chilaune Schools:

Conducting social audits of projects is a legal requirement. However, COMMITTED carried it out NOT only because of that. We did so because we as an organization believe in transparency and accountability in general, part of the reason for our implementing the project Accountability and Transparency mechanism in School Governance System.

 

For more on the above, follow the links below:

  • For blog posts about the progress of the reconstruction of Taltuleshwori School click here, here, here and here.
  • Click here to go to a Facebook Post on COMMITTED’s page, posted on August 11 , 2017 showing a brief summary about social audits.
  • Click here to go to a blog post about handing over of Taltuleshwori school.
  • Click here to go to a blog post about handing over of Chilaune school.
  • Click here to go to a Facebook Post on COMMITTED’s page, posted on October 28, 2016 about monitoring and assessment of Taltuleshwori School’s Phase-I project.

 

Chilaune School Building Handed Over

Following the April 25, 2015 earthquake, COMMITTED, in addition to providing relief and emergency assistance to the affected in Thanapglkot, supported Chilaune School with a couple of work.

One was the reconstruction of two classroom blocks, which was handed over to the community last February. CMMITTED was represented by the Executive Director Jayjeev Hada, Senior Program Coordinator Kecher Acharya and Program Coordinator Gautam Lamichhane Magar at the function.

Chilaune School children preparing the block for the function.

COMMITTED Team Members with other officials after the inauguration.

The other was funding the construction of a fence around what was originally conceived as the multi-purpose court. Construction of the court had begun just before the earthquake. Unfortunately, the quake damaged the court and it had to be fixed. Both the fence and renovation of the court were carried out with left-over funds from the original multi-purpose court. The funding for the court came from Nemira, a business our friends in Switzerland run.

The fence around the multi-purpose court. (This photo was taken from a post on Chilaune School Facebook page abut the project. Click here to see the post.)

The newly renovated multi-purpose court. (This photo was taken from a post on Chilaune School Facebook page abut the project. Click here to see the post.)

Here’s a video of the progress of the construction and the condition of the multi-purpose court in May 2016.

For more on the above follow the links below:

  • Click here to go a Facebook Post on COMMITTED’s page, posted on March 11, 2016, showing the progress of the reconstruction.
  • Click here to go a Facebook Post on COMMITTED’s page, posted on March 16, 2016, showing the progress of the reconstruction.
  • Click here to go to a Facebook Post on COMMITTED’s page, posted on Feb. 21, 2017, about the handover.
  • Click here to go to a Facebook Post on Chilaune School’s page also about the handover.
  • Click here for a blog post, published on June 21, 2016, containing financial details of the project as reported to the District Education Office the preceding week.
  • Click here for the April 28, 2016 Facebook post about the progress of the project.
  • Click here for the March 12, 2015 Facebook post about our friends Michael and Elias’ visit to Thangpalkot when they committed to fund the construction of a multi-purpose court at Chilaune school.
  • Click here for the March 14, 2015 Nemira Facebook post about Michael and Elias’ visit.

 

Taltuleshwori School Handed Over To Community

Last February, a little over a year since commencing the reconstruction of Taltuleshwori School in Thangpalkot, Sindhupalchok, we were finally able to hand it over to the community in a small ceremony conducted at the school.

In addition to COMMITTED Team Members, including Executive Director Jayjeev Hada, Program Coordinator Gautam Lamichhane Magar and Senior Program Coordinator Khechar Acharya, members of the School Management Committee, school staff and local community members were present at the formal ceremony.

A glimpse of the ceremony.

Executive Director inaugurates the new school buildings.

Executive Director Jayjeev, other COMMITTED members and school officials after the inauguration.

Executive Director Jayjeev speaks at the ceremony.

The school with the students on the grounds.

As an organization, COMMITTED frowns upon such ceremonies and have been doing what it can to eliminate all or parts of such formal functions. More than anything, such functions in Nepal serve as platforms for people who have a knack for talking, among other things!

Here’s what the school looked like in early May 2016 when school had resumed following the completion of reconstruction of most of the academic blocks.

For more about the reconstruction of the school follow the links below.

  • Click here for a Facebook post about the handover ceremony.
  • Click here for the first (January 16, 2016) blog post about COMMITTED’s decision to rebuilt the school and the initial phase of the project.
  • Click here for a February 2, 2016 update on the progress of the project.
  • Click here for another blog post (published on Feburary 11, 2016) about the school and our efforts.
  • Click here for a February 18, 2016 update on the progress of the project.
  • Click here for a May 4, 2016, Facebook post about the completion of the first phase of the reconstruction project.
  • Click here for a May 6, 2016, Facebook post about the progress of the reconstruction.
  • Click here for a blog post published on June 21, 2016 containing financial details of the project as reported to the District Education Office the preceding week.