Client: Childfund Japan

Duration: January to February 2021

Thematic areas: Child Protection, Education

Sponsored Children (SP)

Education for Hope aimed to improve sponsored children’s learning performance through a 3-pronged approach that works with the child, school, and community. The project targeted the most marginalized children in the community with the aim of supporting them to become healthier, receive secondary education and help them develop emotionally and socially. It aimed to support sponsored children until the completion of secondary level education in government schools. Child development was the major component of the project. There are 579 sponsored children in 7 sponsored schools. The project was implemented in 7 schools of 4 wards in 3 rural municipalities of Sindhupalchowk district.

Special Assistance Program (SAP)

The Education for Hope project funded by SAP’s main objective was to improve children’s (grade 1 to 5) learning performance through the same approach as the SP-funded project. However, SAP-funded schools did not work directly with the child or sponsored children. At the children’s level, the leadership and management skills of child clubs were strengthened through training so that they can participate in decision-making bodies to demand their rights.

At the school level, schoolteachers’ knowledge and skills were enhanced through training on child-friendly teaching methods to promote quality and inclusive education. Schoolteachers took the lead in engaging parents in their children’s education by raising their awareness of the importance of education. The School Management Committee (SMC) was trained to review and develop their School Improvement Plans (SIPs) to be more inclusive and child-centered. Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) members were trained to conduct school audits and awareness-raising activities to make school management more accountable in providing an enabling environment for children to enjoy their rights. Committees were established to develop policies and mechanisms that would strengthen child protection in the school.

At the community level, the project supported local bodies (e.g., Ward Child Rights Committee (WCRC), rural municipalities including their education unit, Child Rights Committee) in building their capacity to develop guidelines and mechanisms on education, including evaluating learning achievements. The project provided training to rural municipality and ward officials to develop child protection policies.