Education is a huge predictor of future health and success in life. Especially for girls. We are going to make that happen with a unique combination of evidence based interventions for our youth scholars as well as their families- ensuring they stay in school and succeed.
Please take a look at our Education Plan (v1.2) (pdf 760k) developed by board member Dr. Tania Gavidia in 2015. Goals are excerpted below and updated with 2016 information. You can also find planning documents associated with some goals in our document repository. As always, we welcome input!
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Goal 1: Provide supportive services that help them keep children in secondary school.
- Continue ‘Youth Scholarships’ for 9 current children through November 2015. Evaluate also including December so we can shift with having academic year obligations match our fiscal year which matches the calendar year (synchronicity).
- March 15th, 2017: We are supporting 19 students. One lost to follow-up, we plan to have a new scholar within one month.
- July 2, 2016: We are now supporting 20 students.
- Evaluate current funds and future revenues and establish board position on how best to allocate funds. Starter questions are: Is a flat 10$ a month toward tuition the correct approach and amount? Do we want to support more kids with less, or fewer kids with more? One year or long term? What about supporting schools with quality teachers, materials, bathrooms? Is this our role? (March 1-April 30th). Costs will go up.
- Update March 15th, 2017: We provide all of below and also $40 per year for medical evaluation and follow-up. In some cases the school tuition is less than $10. The balance is used to cover hot lunch meals for the children (7 children supported like this).
- Update July 2, 2016: We are providing $10 per month per child for up to 20 children. We are also giving the mothers of each family $40 per year cash in front of students and school administrators and telling them this is for uniform and book subsidies.
- Pilot selection process/data collection form for new/existing families/children (June 1, 2015)
- Update March 17th: Another round of data survey was done early in 2017 and parent student contracts also signed.
- Update July 2, 2016: This was done in June, 2015 and 20 students out of 26 were selected. We are using it again in 2017 to collect metrics on students (not as a screening tool) and are committing to one more year of support providing the need is there and grades/attendance are satisfactory to date.
- Finalize Primary Data Collection form, translate it, hire field staff to administer. (May, to be trialled in June).
- Update July 2, 2016: Done – see above as well.
- Develop set a working agreement/consent with the families including role WOV plays and contact information.
- Update July 2, 2016: This was done last year. Also includes a photo release opt in section. We are updating it in summer of 2017 to include an opt-in for a medical exam.
- Explore and document evidence for additional family support structures (ongoing)
- Develop process for offering micro-loans to needy families (December 1st – onwards, to be trialled in 2016).
- Update July 2, 2016: We are not going to do this – it has too much complexity for us to handle and we don’t have the funding.
- Develop initial materials and longer range plans for educating/supporting parents through multiple approaches including low-literacy print materials, workshops, and other educational programs (ongoing)
- Update July 2, 2016: We have made no progress in this area. We just don’t have the bandwidth and have focused instead on the Girls Empowerment Program (see below)
Goal 2: Keep kids healthy.
- Develop process for encouraging annual health check-ups for children.
- Update March 15th, 2017: This has been done and will be redone annually.
- Update July 2, 2016: We have made arrangements with Nepal International Clinic to provide comprehensive medical exam. Hopefully done in Summer and Fall. Also will be covering medications needed and referrals.
- Establish types and amounts of nutritional supplementation to provide family Improve nutritional support approach with feedback from first round of surveys and input with nutritionist.
- Update July 2, 2016: We decided doing the medical exam (see above) is a necessary precursor to this.
Goal 3: Prevent girls attrition from secondary education
- Explore options for ensuring all kids have access to bathrooms while at home and school.
- Update March 15, 2017: Bathroom in use. Nicely painted by girls. We have made some small improvements.
- Update July 2, 2016: Using funding raised from the earthquake, we have built a girls bathroom at Buddhanilkantha Public School in northern Kathmandu. We will include questions about access in next data collection.
- Investigate and document evidence that we might generalize for increasing self-efficacy. Possibly implement as micro-grant.
- For ongoing updates on this, please see our Girls In Action page
- Update July 2, 2016: We have started a girls empowerment program which also provides activities to girls beyond the ones who we are providing educational support to – this program is led by Sonam Shah.
- Investigate presence and resources for sex education for students.
- March 15th, 2017: We coordinated a health education class with ~270 girls and have a plan to re-do this twice a year.
- Update July 2, 2016: We have added this to a possible activity in the Girls Empowerment Program. We have made no progress on boys education.
Goal 4: Leverage resources and research funds
- Consider new round of micro-research grants to Dhulikel health science students to fund projects and help in WOV active areas.
- Update March 15th, 2017: We suspended this program during our Winter 2016 Board Meeting due to low participation and limited bandwidth on our part.
- Update July 2, 2016: This is underway.
- Investigate feasibility of grant recipients to form part of community-research advisory group to enable WOV to pursue culturally appropriate and current research, and address research issues in a timely manner.
- Update July 2, 2016: We have made no progress on this.