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"

Research Outline

Background

The series of large earthquakes hit the North-Western part of Nepal, including its Capital City Kathmandu. It was reported that around 8,500 people were killed and that historical buildings, basic infrastructure, houses were destroyed. According to the Ministry of Education, around 6,900 primary and secondary schools were totally or partially destroyed in Nepal.

Photo: Schools which were totally or partially destroyed.

Five years have passed since the earthquake, and the recovery and reconstruction of the affected schools are being carried out. However, the speed of the recovery progress is different from school to school.

Photos: Debris removal and reconstruction of classrooms by community members

Why are these differences caused? What kind of roles are stakeholders expected to play to realize the safe and secure school environment as soon as possible? To answer these questions, based on my experience of working with schools and communities, with the central and local governments, and with local NGOs in the JICA technical cooperation project for improving school-based management, I have decided to conduct this research.

Research Objective and Approach

The research aims to develop a model of realizing secure and safe school environment through introducing environment protection, and disaster prevention and disaster risk reduction activities through community and school stakeholder participation and to verify its effectiveness;

Target Group/Area

The target group: eight (8) sample schools including four (4) schools from Dhading Area and four (4) schools from Gorkha Area.

Research Team Members

The followings are the major research team members.

  • Leader: Yoko Ishida, Professor, Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education, Hiroshima University
  • Mr. Bhim Kumar Shrestha, Program Officer, Practical Action Nepal
  • Mr. Khagendra Subba, Community Development Consultant
Photo: (from the right, Mr. Bhim Kumar Shrestha, Nao Masuda (Hiroshima University Graduate School Student), Yoko Ishida (myself), and Mr. Khagendra Subba)

Research Steps and Schedule

FY2019: Conducting a baseline survey and preparation of the model development

  • Literature review
  • Interview and data collection about the newly introduced education administration system
  • Progress of the school management improvement in Nepal
  • Baseline survey including questionnaire survey and interview
  • Discussion with the target schools
  • Presentations at the national conference of the related academic society.

FY2020 – 2021: Practicing the developed model at the target schools

  • The developed model implementation at the target schools
  • Technical assistance and monitoring at the target schools
  • Presentations at the national conference of the related academic society

FY2022: Continuous practicing the model and the end-line survey

  • Continuous implementation of the model at the target schools
  • Conducting the end-line survey
  • Presentation at the national conference of the related academic society
  • Publications of reports and books