Client(s): Humanity United
Services: Capacity Building, Curriculum Development, Teacher Training
Expertise: Youth, Basic Education for Children and Adults
Education in emergency work has been critical to protecting children's rights to education. Building on past experience during the civil war the Schools as Zones of Peace initiative has greatly increased access to education and the number of days schools are open. While much of the focus has been on the response to natural disasters such as the recent earthquakes, threats from political instability during the transition to a Federal system remain enormous.
In the mountainous districts of west Nepal, school enrollment is high (95%) but attendance is often erratic and learning outcomes lag behind other regions of the country (NASA Report). From 2013-2015 World Education and UNICEF worked with district education offices to introduce early grade reading (EGR) in 282 schools in Mugu, Kallkot, Achham, and Bajura. These schools have started to change the way they teach young children to read but need ongoing support to firmly embed these practices.
To improve EGR, World Education conducted teacher training for 564 teachers. Each school was provided with early-grade reading materials and later a book bag to set up a library corner. Reading motivators visited community groups such as mothers groups, savings and credit groups, forest user groups, and parent teacher associations (PTAs) to explain the importance of EGR and encourage parents to participate in classroom meetings and support reading at home.