Good School Improvement Plan
AWARDED SCHOOLS ON JULY 25, 2014
During the 1st project year, SISM2 collaborated with the 4 districts; namely, Solukhumbu, Rupandehi, Jumla and Doti; together with the 2 districts of Dhading and Rasuwa, the pilot districts of the SISM Phase 1. SISM2 has trained around 150 trainers (central-level to RC-level) and worked with around 2,000 schools in these 6 districts.
On July 25 (Fri), 2014, “SISM2 Testing Result Sharing and Networking Workshop” was conducted with the 136 participants from the central and local relevant agencies.
The experiences and good practicies were reported by the 6 districts mentioned above, which evidenced that SISM2 had been heading in the right direction. 1 very best practice school and 2 best practice schools chosen by each of the 6 districts were awarded, which are introduced in the following pages.
GOOD PRACTICES IN DHADING
In Dhading, Dol Bhanjyang Higher Secondary School (Pida VDC) was selected as the very best school. Dol Bhanjyang HSS regularly updates SIP with active participation of all stakeholders. In that process, they identified and prioritized new initiatives with low budgets, which included:
1) Improvement in child friendly teaching environment for active and lively participation of students and teachers;
2) Strengthening of child club activities focusing on teachers’ records keeping: such as teachers’ attendance record, lesson plans, daily and monthly teaching work assessment, homework and punishment record etc.;
3) Promoting students/mothers’ group activities including cleaning of school premises, child friendly gardening, producing goods from solid waste (plastic bags), publishing regular wall-magazine, and exposer visit program; and
4) Conducting ICT classes/training and extracurricular activities with stable power supply through a solar power system.
Their Child Club was recognizes as 'Best Child Club' in Dhading. Furthermore, through the activities above, Dol Bhanjyang HSS has reduced dropout rate and improved learning achievement and received Best Chairperson Award, Social Action Project winner, International School Award held by British Council in 2071.
Bal Mandir Lower Secondary School (Dhadingbesi) and Salyantar Higher Secondary School (Salyantar VDC) were chosen as best practice schools in Dhading.
GOOD PRACTICES IN RASUWA
In Rasuwa, Bhuvaneshwori Primary School (Laharepauwa VDC) was chosen as the very best practice school. Bhuvaneshwori Primary School was established in 1989. When the Nuwakot-Dhunche High-way was widened, the school facilities were renovated by the joint efforts of community members, the road construction committee and DEO.
In the discussions during the school-level workshop to update SIP, the community members and the school management recognized that the social, ritual and household events and activities had positive and negative influence to the students’ absenteeism and learning achievement. To improve the situations, they identified and prioritized the possible activities with low or no budget. And not only planning, they have implemented accordingly.
The school organizes birthday events for students, takes care of plants in the garden created by the parents, conducts an orientation for disaster mitigation programs, and monitors the school performance together with all stakeholders.
The Child Club has been revitalized to keep the record of stationaries & scholarship distributed to the students. The students become more attentive in their study, complete their homework in time and regularly attending the school with clean and tidy school uniform. Even after completing this primary school, the students have had good performance, which might be the outcome of the updated SIP.
Nirkubhume Higher Secondary School (Saramthali VDC) and Grya Lower Secondary School (Getlang VDC) were chosen as best practice schools in Rasuwa.
GOOD PRACTICES IN SOLUKHUMBU
Through the capacity development initiatives carried out together with DEO and SISM2 in Solukhumbu district, the majority of the community schools have yielded positive results in the SIP formulation and updating process. Out of 271 community school, Shree Kalika Primary School, under Birendrodaya Higher Secondary Resource Centre of Mukli (Deusa VDC) was selected as the very best school as per the DEO evaluation process in Solukhumbu.
The reasons for selecting this school are the followings:
1) The school prepared the SIP and submitted to DEO in time, with more realistic activities with low or no budget included.
2) Following the resource person’s guidance, the school and SMC members actively participated in the workshop.
3) The stakeholders of the school, mainly the parents’ attitudes, have been dramatically changed after they understood the SIP was to improve quality of their school education, which would lead to their children’s future.
As the activities are identified and prioritized based on the school self-assessment process, the stakeholders assured that the SIP is simple and realistic. They have become ready for implementing the SIP activities.
Beni Lower Secondary School (Beni VDC) and Garma Secondary School (Garma VDC) were chosen as best practice schools in Solukhumbu.
GOOD PRACTICES IN RUPANDEHI
Janapriya Secondary School (Devdaha VDC) was chosen as the very best practice school in Rupandehi.
Mr. Gayetri Prasad Kharel, head teacher and Mr. Keshav Raj Sharma Parajuli, SMC Chairperson attended the RC-level ToT and realized the importance of participatory and consultative SIP process. They organized a school-level workshop with parents, SMC/PTA, students, mothers’ group representatives, community leaders and social workers. The participants analyzed the problems of the school and prioritized the activities as per the need of the school in SIP.
In the updated SIP, there are low/no budgetary activities: such as home visit; teacher-parents interaction; parents gathering; facility maintenance; soil conservation; and day tiffin etc. They prepared action plan to improve the river bank to address the flood damages, also.
After SIP updating, they took immediate action to generate the funds both from the community and from the local service providers. Due to strong facilitation from SMC and head teacher, they succeeded to collect NPR 387,666.00 from the local inhabitants for the implementation of above mentioned SIP activities.
The keys of their success were SMC Chairperson and head teacher’s strong sense of leadership and the teachers’ good team-work. Mr. Parajuli said that due to the participatory SIP updating process, the parents became more aware of their roles and participated actively.
Himalaya Lower Secondary School (Rudrapur VDC) and Meudihawa Primary School (Siddarthanagar) were chosen as best practice schools in Rupandehi.
GOOD PRACTICES IN JUMLA
Bhagawati Primary School (Chandan Nath) was chosen as the very best practice school in Jumla. The school faced difficulties in bringing children to the school. To address this critical problem of the students’ low attendance rate and low education performance, the SMC and school team conducted the school level workshop, envisioned good school image with all stakeholders, and made commitment to bring all ideas into action.
Consensus was made by illustrating good school for children’s better learning. An action plan was prepared to address the issues and reflected in SIP. The physical structure was considered as good enough; so, most of the priority activities were not directly related to facility improvement. As immediate actions, improvement in school management and teaching approaches and creating child friendly environment were chosen. By reviewing the previous SIP, extra-curricular events were identified to increase the student’s attendance with better learning achievements by 60% improvement from the present.
With more practical and implementable SIP, the school is becoming more child friendly. Students and parents are cooperative and participate every events of the school. The school is well managed by community. The student's enrolment increased, because 7 children joined the school from the private school. The school believes that SIP is an important tool of school management and enables them to improve the education quality and to shape the children’s future.
Setibada Secondary School (Kudari VDC) and Dev Laxmi Lower Secondary School (Ghodemadev VDC) were chosen as best practice schools in Jumla.
GOOD PRACTICES IN DOTI
When selecting the best practice schools, it was found that all community school had already updates the SIP following the SIP Formulation Guidebook. Base on the selection criteria, Radha Krishna Higher Secondary School (Gopgaht VDC) was selected as the very best school in Doti.
Mr. Arjun Kumar Balayar, head teacher and Mr. Harka Bahadur Balayar, SMC Chairperson, who attended the RC-level ToT, well facilitated the participants in discussing and identifying the priority problems through school observation and by using the school self-assessment checklist. When preparing the plan, special attention was given by the participants to “whether these activities can be done with low or no budget”. “To prepare a realistic, innovative and implementable plan” was considered as the basic rule during the workshop. Most seriously, the participants discussed how to improve the students and teachers’ absenteeism and the students’ learning achievement.
The teachers/students’ attendance record is monitored by Child Club by giving special attention to weaker students. Child Club has become more active, which makes class room clean and tidy. There is harmonized relationship built among the parents, teachers, students and local community. The school garden with a variety of flowers watered by students and teacher regularly. It improves teaching environment and inspire the students to learn & study well.
Mahakali Secondary School (Mudegaun VDC) and Durga Secondary School (Dewali VDC) were chosen as best practice schools in Doti.