Ishida Lab., Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education (CICE), Hiroshima University

Ishida Lab.,
Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education (CICE),
Hiroshima University
"The Research on the Development Model
for Realizing Safe and Secure
School Environment in Nepal"
"The Research
on the Development Model
for Realizing Safe and Secure
School Environment in Nepal"

Activities

Before starting this research:

The school-based management (SBM) system was introduced by the Government of Nepal through the recommendation from the World Bank in the 1990s. Following the government policy to introduce the SBM system, the schools established a school management committee, which is a key instrument of the system; however, it did not work well to achieve the teaching/learning environment by preparing and implementing a school improvement plan (SIP) with the community participation.

Based on the request from the Government of Nepal, JICA provided technical cooperation for improving the SBM system from 2007 to 2018.

The followings are the projects and research I joined before starting this research:

  1. JICA technical cooperation “the Project for Support of Improvement of School Management in Nepal – Phase 1 (SISM)” (2007-2010) and “the Project for Support of Improvement of School Management in Nepal – Phase II (SISM2)” (2012-2017)

    Photo: Participatory workshop to prepare the school improvement plan
    Photo: Classroom observation
  2. FY2016 Kakenhi (Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Research (Exploratory) “Educational Development by Strengthening School Governance in the Process of Recovery from the Nepal Earthquake” (2016-2018)

    Photo: Participatory evaluation workshop with teachers, students, and guardians
    Photo: Self-participation by rating the achievement of each activity
  3. EDU-Port “Pilot Project for Improving Safe Learning Environment through the Use of a Japanese Style Package of Disaster risk Reduction (DRR) Education: BOSAI for Fostering Children’s Initiative in Nepal” (2016-2017)

    Photo: Students Engaged in BOSAI Mapping
    Photo: Introduction of the BOSAI Mapping Project at the International Education Forum “EDUCA2017” in Bangkok
    Illustration Prepared by the Project for Promoting the BOSAI Mapping Project

Current Progress of this Research:

Based on the achievements and lessons learnt from the projects and researches mentioned above, this research plans to observe the changes among the children, school management, teachers, and guardians related to environmental protection, disaster prevention and disaster risk reduction in collaboration with the local government, schools and communities through conducting:

  • Training workshops for environmental protection, disaster prevention, and disaster risk reduction
  • Preparing the school historical record to keep the memories of the recovery process from the earthquake
  • BOSAI Mapping Workshop to identify dangerous places and safer places for shelter in the communities and to prepare the school plan of disaster prevention and disaster risk reduction
  • Participatory evaluation workshop to review their activities and achievements during the project

So far, the following activities were completed:

  • May 2019: Discussion with the Ministry of Education and JICA Nepal Office, Team meeting in Nepal
  • June – September 2019: Baseline data collection in Dhading
  • November 2019: Discussion with the municipality administration office in Dhading
  • January 2020: Discussion with the municipality administration office in Gorkha and visits to the two secondary schools in Gorkha
  • April – June: Baseline data collection in Gorkha

Currently, our reserch activities have been heavilyg influenced by the spread of COVID-19. I cannot vist Nepal; therefore, I communicated with Mr. Bhim Shrestha and Mr. Khagendra Subba to share the updated information through Internet or online meetings. At the same time, Mr. Shrestha and Mr. Subba talked to the education officers and the school teachers for continuous communication with the target municipalities and for completing the baseline survey in Gorkha.