Roshani Rajbanshi, Parbati Dungana, Shree Krishna Wagle went to the field on April 21st for four-days program orientation and participatory school-needs assessment as well as for data collection for baseline assessment in schools in Dapcha, Kavre.
Janahit Secondary School is the leader school of this NORHED project, thus, focus was given on the leader school. We have been visiting the school for a long-time without any formal program; this brought some confusion in the teachers. So, to solve the problem as well as to identify the needs of the school, this field visit was made.
The first day was orientation of the program as a whole. We shared our understanding of Rupantaran which was followed by presentation our understanding of Participatory Action Research, which explained about the methodology of this research. Besides that teachers who had attended self-transformation workshop and Eco-san workshop
shared their understanding of the workshop. The second day of the workshop was focused on the identification of the problem. The topics discussed were curriculum, assessment, teacher professional development and school development. Collaboratively, we identified problems we have in our school on these topics. On the third day, we collaborately discussed on the gap between what is mentioned in the policy and the actual practice. On the fourth day, we discussed on the student’s continuous learning and development as well as teacher’s continuous learning and professional development. We also took our initiation to develop action plans on those topics as well.
Besides our four-day program on identifying the needs of the schoo, key informant interviews were also conducted with the head teachers of Janahit secondary school as well as Saraswoti Primary school for baseline assessment. In addition to these, two in-depth interviews were also conducted with the teachers of Janahit secondary school.
We still need to find two feeder schools for NORHED, Rupantaran project. In this process, we informally visited Nabin Namuna primary school. We introduced ourselves to the principals and the school teachers and explained the purpose of the project. The interaction with the teacher went well.