On the 17th and 18th day of Christmas FieldWorks gave to ye…
Who are they?
CEPP – Centre for Educational Policies and Practice (as Schooling Nepal on social media). Based in Nepal, CEPP mobilises teachers and parents to actively engage in the educational welfare of their children, across 46 public schools of some of the remotest municipalities of Nepal (Raigaun, Chandrapur, Pipalmadi, and Bhimeshwor). Providing “software” ( trainings and coaching) rather than “hardware” (distribution of goods), CEPP sustainably empowers communities to work within the established schooling system and to know their rights, obligations and accountabilities to ensure their children’s future.
Why we like them?
They do work in really remote locations. We had the fortune of visiting a number of their schools in Raigaun in October 2016 and they were literally beyond where any “road” went. It is often believed that “aid” is just a case of getting to the people, but this overlooks that many people live in rural isolation; easily forgotten, hardest to reach. CEPP bring passion, skill and patience. It would be easy to just deliver “stuff” but instead CEPP brings knowledge to build upon what communities have, with what is available, and to ensure they can keep building.
Why should you support CEPP?
While Nepal has been in the limelight many organisations such as CEPP are still in the shadows. CEPP does not benefit from large donor funding, or a big supporter base. It is made up of passionate people who believe in both good education and holding the system to account. They maybe a little rough around the edges, but they’re core functions are solid and their spirit to fight for a better system is strong.
Find out more about them from our info-sheet.
Why does CEPP think you should support them?
Each year in school has been shown to increase wages later in life by ca.10%. CEPP strengthens parents and teachers within the system to ensure children have the best possible future.
This short broadcast (in Nepali) on a weekly TV programme shows how Debahit Primary School in Raigaon, Makwanpur has been transformed by the efforts of CEPP. If you’re interested in supporting CEPP this Christmas then you can donate to them through this fundraising page
The full video broadcast can be found here
Min 00:01: starts telling how Debahit Primary School in Raigaon in Makwanpur district, it was some four years ago ( year 2071 in Nepali calendar, now its 2074): ruined sign post, boring class rooms – almost in the verge of collapse. Children don’t come when there is no learning.
Min 01:35: starts with the fresh sign posts, accounts what changed – classrooms full of students, children taught in an interesting way – the same place, the same teachers, the same students ...
Min 2:15: asks what brought about this change and starts giving how it was possible... (with teacher accounts Ms Bimala Moktan)... teacher motivation efforts of CEPP, a video shown to them... how other have been perceiving them (they being at the bottom out of 16 schools) ...opportunities they get to see schools in other places... their commitment.
Min 04:05 when head teacher (Ms Sunita Lama) explains how she was motivated with observation of other schools... how teachers were determined to make the difference... and started consulting parents...
Min 04:25: then gives the difference that can be seen: attractive class rooms, child friendly teachers, fun way of teaching... its been an example... (man with glasses shown shown intermittently was the Chair of School Management Committee Mr Raj Kumar Darlami).