NIKA SIKSHYA DIA is a project being run in a consortium form by Aasaman Nepal, Public awareness campaign PAC-Nepal and Education Journalist’s Group(EJG) in assistance of Norwegian Embassy, Kathmandu with the goal of promoting quality education for girls and marginalized children of Dhanusha District, Nepal. This project was enacted after the piloting of 15 months by all those three NGOs from March 2015 to May 2016. Expected outcomes of this project are to give the importance of education to the highly marginalized community, to enroll 100% children of 4 to 9 age group in school and to assure their 80% attendance, increase the learning achievements of basic level school children, increase the participation of parents in school governance, and support in the implementation of education policies related to transparency and accountability. Strategies of the project NIKA SIKSHYA DIA has been handled by those threes NGOs ; Aasaman Nepal as leading organization is involved for quality assurance inside classroom, PAC Nepal for community mobilization (access) and Education Journalist Group being responsible for media mobilization, records keeping, and publication.
In the major activities of the project, they conducted the diagnostic survey in 20 schools, household survey in 420 houses, and interview with 757 students. From their diagnostic survey, they found mainly three reasons of children for not being enrolled in schools viz. household activities, illiterate parents and discriminating behaviors in schools. Their survey included the attendance of students, extra-curricular activities in the schools, textbooks distribution, uses of educational material, status of children learning achievement
• To share project good practices, learning, innovation with districts, and national level government educational authority and to collect recommendation / suggestion for next year program implementation.
Various members of District Education Office, District Development Committee,District Health Office, NCED ( National Center of Edcuational Department), CDC (Circular Development Center), NFEC (Non- Educational Center), ERO (Educational Review Office), NGO and network partner, Aajako Shiksha, Media service Nepal, Journalist , reporter .All together 50- 60 participants will be covered in the National Event . Participants list Annex 1.
The whole program was divided into 4 major following sessions:
• Session I Inauguration: The Workshop formally Inaugurated Objective Sharing
• Session II: Sharing of Best Practices Group work and Presentation
• Session III: Interaction Program
2. Observation of the event
The national event was conducted on 21st July 2017 moderated by Mr. Ramesh Khadka with objective of sharing projects good practices, learning, innovation with districts and national level governmental authority and to collect recommendation/ suggestion for next year program implementation at Indreni Foodland Hotel, New Baneswor Kathmandu, scheduling from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. including breakfast and lunch to about 30 participants from different educational Central Line Agencies, journalists, project members, experts and stake holders.
The event was chaired by Mr. Keshab Prasad Dahal, Director, Department of Education, Sanothimi Bhaktapur.
Executive director of Aasaman Nepal Nawal KishorYadav welcomed all the participants of the event with his welcome speech. He focused on the activities and expectation of the project from the event and hoped for the feedback for the future planning.
Mr. Khadka requested Mrs. Radha Koirala, Team Leader of the project for the presentation about introduction, composition, expected outcomes, strategies, major activities completed, impacts, key learning and the challenges of the projects. Mrs. Koirala’ presentation made the floor vivid about the projects freedoms and constraints. The presentation was so informative and relaxed that it really beautified the event by keeping the floor open for any queries. After the presentation of Mrs. Koirala, the program was scheduled for the presentation on best practices of education project of Aasaman Nepal by Mrs. Punam Gupta, but she presented about another project (Strengthening the local government for Inclusive Quality Education) handled by Aasaman Nepal in support of UNICEF. The best practices of the project were to be able to enroll 12,889 children in school in five districts, 47 VDC level allocated 15% budget through CFLG orientation for children development activities. Out of 47 VDC 10 VDC distributed 15% budget for children Development.90 schools out of 138 schools have implemented SIP (Target: 100 schools).92 schools implementing SZOP out of monitored 116 schools (Target: 100 schools).92 school implemented CoC ( target 100 school ).45 schools are found to meet PMEC out of 138 schools (target 50 schools).
After the project’s two presentation, Mr. Dhani Kant Jha, Deputy District Education Officer, Dhanusha, shared the experiences with Aasaman Nepal, PAC-Nepal and EJG. If the project really wishes for quality education, the project has to give priority mainly in four aspects; 1) Regularity, 2) Parental education, 3) SMC and PTA formation, and 4) Co-curricular activities and extra-curricular activities, he added. He explained all the points in details in his sweet language.