Accountable and Inclusive Schools

Project location: South Lalitpur (Thuladurlung, Malta, Pyutar, Gimdi and Ashrang)

Partner organizations:

Loo Niva Child Concern Group

Patan Community Based Rehabilitation

 

Loo Niva started in 1994, when a group of school students started to run a library and a child club. Loo Niva was established in 1997 as a non-governmental organization working for child rights. Loo Niva works with the community at the grassroots level towards preventing exploitation and marginalization of underprivileged children and has been recognized by communities and local authorities as an important actor in promoting education. Loo Niva’s practices are rights-based and benefit the most vulnerable children such as girls, dalits and children with disabilities or children from extremely poor families. Interpedia has worked with Loo Niva since 2004 in Lalitpur and the Far West. Interpedia has seen Loo Niva’s developing process from a small, community-based organization to a national level advocate NGO which thematic and geographical coverage.

Patan CBR has been formally established in 1999. Since establishment, Patan CBR has succeeded in serving more than 1900 children with disabilities, both in urban and rural areas. Patan CBR has a center-based program with more than 50 students, where education, physiotherapy and skill development are key programs. Patan CBR is providing rehabilitation facilities in all the sectors of 5*5 matrix developed by WHO. Patan CBR has a good community network, as it has been working in local communities for the last 19 years and the majority of the staff has more than 10 years of working experience.

Inclusive and Accountable Schools is a cooperation project of Loo Niva Child Concern, Patan Community Based Rehabilitation and Interpedia. The project, running from 2017 to 2020, works in South Lalitpur, which suffers from a low rate of public schools and was hard hit by the earthquakes in the spring 2015. This project builds on previous co-operation between Loo Niva and Interpedia, with a new partnership with Patan CBR adding expertise in children with disabilities.

Previous work aimed to contribute to strengthening efficient and effective school and local education governance mechanism in South Lalitpur. This project is focused on promoting inclusive and accountable schools as well as advancing the realization of the right to education for marginalized children, who face discrimination particularly due to disabilities or the caste but also due to gender and ethnicity. The goal to increase inclusion of these vulnerable groups of children will be achieved by identifying and finding excluded children; providing material and financial support that sustains enrolment to school; sensitizing, training and rising awareness about rights, needs and potential of marginalized children among children, parents and teacher; improving school governance and using local media for raising awareness of the importance of education for all children.

The three organizations involved have versatile expertise in advancing the right to education, improving governance and advancing the involvement of children from marginal groups, for instance children with disabilities and dalit children. Moreover, the project has been designing with consultation of children, local communities and authorities for ensuring engagement of the local communities, as well as the most effective implementation of the project in promoting the right to education.  From the beginning, the project has been planned in collaboration with local and national level authorities, other NGOs and community groups, for ensuring the sustainability and continuity of the good results of the project.

The development objective of the project is to contribute for the practical realization of the Right to Education for all with improving governance and inclusion in schools. This can be followed through improved accessibility and retention in schools with social inclusion and non-discrimination practices; improved efficiency and effectiveness of community, parents and children’s engagement in local education and school governance and increased civil society watch groups at local, district and national level on education and school management.

Expected outcomes:

  1. Increased accession of socially excluded children and CwDs in schools with positive experiences.
  2. Improved Engagement of Parents and Children in promoting Right to Quality Education at all levels.
  3. Strong and influential civil society with proper skills and actions.

The main direct beneficiaries are 500 plus excluded children, 100 children with disabilities, 1000 Dalit and 150 CwDs parents, 100 plus teachers, 100 plus community leaders and 100 plus government officials and civil society leaders. The project will altogether reach more than 9000 people as final beneficiaries, for example through radio awareness programs and IEC materials. Approximately 2600 community people will benefit through different community awareness, sensitization workshops and other community related activities and out of them.