Firstly, apologies all it has been a while since my last post. Work at the Ministry of Education has been getting busier and more exciting by the day.
One of the pivotal events at the Foreign Aid Coordination Section (the department that I work in, at the Ministry of Education), is the Joint Annual Review (JAR) Mission. This mission, as it is termed takes place over two weeks during the end of May. The JAR Mission is a wide Nepal Education Sector review, conducted by the key International donors, such as the European Union, the World Bank and the Embassies of Finland and Norway (DFID have sadly withdrawn their funding support last year).
- DEO Presentation Introduction
- Urban Out of School Program
- Night Secondary School
- Primary School
- Unicef Gender Friendly Lower Secondary School
- Teacher Training Center
- District Education Officer Feedback and Response to Questions from Day 1
- Madrasa (Muslim) Primary School or Higher Secondary School
- Parents in deprived areas such as the outskirts of Birgunj, do not want to send their children to school. They cannot afford the school uniforms and they feel that the family would not survive if their children did not tend the livestock, etc. Out of school programs need to have a holistic approach offering healthcare, livelihoods – income generating schemes as well as local schools.
- They are some pretty determined children, who despite working the whole day as domestics or mechanics etc, still continue their studies at night school.
- The vast differences in teaching methods, you can see the joy of pupils attending gender friendly schools. More of them please, from bright classrooms to girls and boys seated together.
- The challenges in teaching computing and the sciences without the proper equipment, let alone electricity.
- There are some amazing people in the world. The Muslim school that we visited was led by a very young head teacher. He had a vision to ensure all the children in his village had an education. He attend al the district education policy meeting and has been able to secure funding to get more classes. He has managed to get women to come onto the school board. All this in 5 years and just as a volunteer, drawing a meagre community donation as a salary.