National Center for Learning Resources
ICRI-Nepal has been assisting 21 government/public, community and private education institutes located in the periphery of Kathmandu Valley from the past 8 years. ICRI-Nepal has been actively involved in responding educational issues/problems or needs of a diverse community people through a project entitled “National Center for Learning Resources (NCLR)” housed under the umbrella of ICRI-Nepal.
NCLR has received virtually unanimous positive feedback from the teachers and school administrators who have participated in NCLR project activities such as visioning workshops, Teacher Training Programs, in-service training for supervisory personnel, educational seminars, operation of a community resource center, capacity building of educational institutions and classroom reorganization and restructure works (Assist Community education centers in making classrooms more conducive to joyful and meaningful learning platform and making “child-friendly” environment). ICRI-Nepal has been working in close coordination, communication and support from the Ministry of Education and Sports, Department of Education, Central Child Welfare Board, National Centre for Educational Development, Research Centre for Educational Innovation & Development/Tribhuvan University (CERID/TU), Curriculum Development Centre (CDC). These are the key institutions, which have been deeply involved in one way or the other to make education system accessible to all population. In support with ICRI under NCLR project activities these institutions are working hard to create sustainable solutions to Nepal’s need for educational support and reform.
In addition to larger project scale, multi-day workshops conducted at a variety of locations, periodic follow-up with individual teacher in each school on a weekly basis, spending a minimum of 3 to 4 hours assisting them with planning and technical support. Participating teachers also attend regular monthly meetings at NCLR’s office to share best practices and learn new techniques from each other and from NCLR facilitators.
ICRI-International is the key source of inspiration in term of rolling the educational activities under NCLR project has been providing technical assistance and funding supports. Both the assistances have been channel through ICRI-Nepal to individual school who have been participating in the NCLR Teacher Training Program, facilitating the repair and painting of crumbling classroom walls, ceilings, doors and windows, and furnishing classrooms with needed materials and equipments. NCLR has been working closely with school administrators to assure that they utilize their own resources as much as possible to accomplish the work themselves. The entire restructure/reorganization activity has been accomplished with true participation and team spirit of the School Management Committee Members, the community leaders, the parents/guardian, the teachers, the older children, and local/non-local volunteers.
Besides, rural women have been empowered enough to look for financial opportunities to stand on their own. 21 rural women out of the 25 reached by this project in a period of 12 months were successfully provided job opportunities and self-employment at homes through ICRI-Nepal’s systematic referral mechanism. They are now in a better positing to support for their children’s educational expenses.