Strengthening Inclusive Education in Nepal (SIKAI)
SIKAI, meaning ‘to teach’ in Nepali is a project aimed at strengthening inclusive education in Nepal.
A pertinent intervention given the severity of illiteracy in the Sarlahi district. A pertinent intervention given the severity of illiteracy in the Sarlahi district where poverty is rated at 17.7% almost 3-quarters the national average of 23.48% 1; over 60% of girls and 41% of boys are found to be illiterate 2. The 1 in 2 dropout rates among Dalit and Muslim communities are due to dire economic constraints and caste dynamics.
School-aged boys commonly engage in labor work and school-aged girls stay home to do chores that allow parents to work. Early marriage is a cultural norm and economic consequence; girls are married at the average age of 15 according to the economically crippling dowry system.
In Madrasas or religious schools, girls in the Muslim community are forbidden to attend school during their monthly period and often drop out at the end of their primary education. Children with disabilities are hidden from and/or stigmatized by families and communities. Disabled children hardly ever find their way to school or have the freedom to interact with other children. Communities, schools, municipalities are not practicing inclusive education due to lack of understanding, cultural and caste-related barriers, poverty, and lack of resources.
- Child Protection Committee was formed at 58 schools.
- Disability Coordination Committee formed in the 4 working Palikas.
- 3 Truss Building with 2 classrooms constructed and handover to schools.
- 31 Community Change Groups formed in the school catchment.
- 6481 student from grade 1-3 were provided with the self-learning books.
- 860 out-of-school children participated in the Bridge Class.
- Among them, 581 (Girls-451 and Boys-130) children reenrolled in the school.
- 253 girl children from grade 7 were provided cycles.
- Suggestion box and information board installed in 58 schools.
- Constructed Sanitary bin at 5 schools of Haripurwa and Parsa.
- Developed a Child-friendly code of conduct for parents, teachers, students, SMC at schools.
- More than 26000 in and out of school children participated in the screening process of the functional limitation among the children.
- 2 Toilets have been constructed at Haripurwa and Narayanpur.
- 12 Handwashing facilities installed at schools with the footprint and nudges.
The SIKAI project is implemented in a partnership consisting of World Vision International in Nepal as the lead organization with Humanity and Inclusion (HI) and World Education and the partnership with a local implementing partner named Rastriya Rojagaar Prabardhan Kendra (RRPK), Sarlahi.
The project aims to the most vulnerable children access and participate equally in education and achieve equitable learning outcomes in basic education in the target district of Sarlahi with the following objectives; a)Improved inclusive education environment in schools. b) Communities are more supportive of the education of their most vulnerable children at home and school.) Improved function and governance of inclusive education and child protection systems.