Education Governance Project

Project location: Lalitpur district (Gimdi, Asrang, Thuladurlung)

Partner organisation: Loo Niva Child Concern Group

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.

Education Governance – Promoting Good Governance in the Rural Villages of Lalitpur worked in areas where hard to reach children are out of school, the drop-out rate is high and the quality of education and school management is not satisfactory. Effective management of school and education is seriously problematic, highly centralized and with inadequate local ownership.

The overall development objective of the project was to attain improved status of education and literacy in project locations through efficient education governance in active engagement of community, local government and participation of children. Immediate objectives were enhanced engagement of local governments in education planning and interventions; improved access to school, management and quality of education with capacitated, accountable and democratic School Management Committees (SMC); and increased engagement of parents, community and children in educational planning and implementation.

The project enhanced the right to quality education for easily marginalized groups such as dalit and tamang (or janajati) children. The project had a comprehensive target group, who were key actors on changing school and education environment: 4100 target children and their parents, policy makers, civil society actors, media, schoolteachers, SMCs, Parents Teachers Association (PTA) members and education officials. These groups were reached through different interventions; such as capacity building, collaborative consultations with responsible authorities along with wider awareness campaigns and mass mobilizations. The project was implemented in collaboration of Department of Education, Ministry of Federal and Local Governance, respective local governments and District Education Offices and other NGO coalitions active in the sector.